France hold Canada to keep hopes alive

Nishad Vellur/Zeenews Sports Bureau

New Delhi: France came back from a one goal deficit to hold Canada in their last pool game to keep their hopes alive for a spot in the FIH hockey Olympic qualifiers final on Friday.

Earlier, Canada overcame early jitters to gain first half lead through Iain Smythe in the 35th minute. But the joy was short lived. Through some good attacking hockey, France managed to equalize in the 56th minute through Fabien Magner, who scored from close range to give France a better chance to go through the final.

Results: France 1-1 Canada, Italy 4-0 Singapore.

Chamberlaine’s trick for SA

Overwhelming favourites South Africa came back from a goal in arrear and a shoddy first half to overcome Canada 4-1. A discordant opening half saw them mess up in the 10-yard circle but Dirkie Chamberlaine’s hat-trick in the second half ensured they remained unbeaten the tournament.