The playoff for the 9th / 10th position of this World Cup (as in all playoffs) are not to be taken lightly. World rankings are at stake as well as Champions Trophy positions possibly.
The crossover has brought together South Africa and India in a very humid and balmy air. You’d be excused for thinking we were in Singapore besides everyone speaking Spanish. It even has those little drops of rain that land every now and then threatening more.
South Africa looked at home and from the start controlled possession and kept themselves in deep attack. It wasn’t long before the first goal came for them and it looked like this could be one sided all the way, in their dominance early.
India scored two quick goals and the game was turned on it’s head with South Africa now in chance mode and wondering what had happened.
Pietie Coetzee took control of the ball through the attacking midfield area and charged the ball ahead breaking lines all over the place until she set a goal for Vida Ryan to equalise before the second half.
Even though the South African’s looked more in control and sharper, the Indian team were very efficient and their constant run was too much to match. It was India who scored the next two goals to make the game look out of reach and safe.
As in the first half… again we found more goals and this time South Africa. A sew-saw feeling started to take place, only if we have a score worm.
In the last few minutes again Coetzee scored from a PC and then setup another goal. It was tied.
Well it was.
The video umpire ruled against the last goal and India took the win to finish 9th here in Rosario. South Africa looked strong today but will end the tournament 10th, above Japan (11) and Spain (12).