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Tokyo 2020: Day 7 Round Up

The men’s group stages came to a thrilling conclusion at Tokyo 2020 while the penultimate round of women’s matches were also completed on another busy day of action.

For a full list of fixtures and results, official statistics and the latest standings you can visit the official Olympics website.

Women’s Pool A

After The Netherlands beat Great Britain yesterday for their fourth straight win, Germany kept up the pressure on the Dutch by also keeping up their 100% record. They beat South Africa 4-1 to move onto 12 points, behind their European neighbours only on goal difference. The two meet to determine who tops the group at 10:30 BST on Saturday 31 July.

India got off the mark with their first win of the tournament, a late winner seeing them overcome Ireland 1-0. They still sit fifth in the table behind the Irish only on goal difference and will be hoping victory over South Africa in their final game at 04:15 BST on Saturday 31 July will be enough to help them qualify for the quarter-finals.

The other game in the group will see Great Britain and Ireland clash at an Olympics for the first time. Great Britain are third on six points and only need a point to guarantee their place in the final four. Ireland will be hoping to secure a big upset and beat the Brits to move into the last eight stage in their first Games appearance. They play at 13:15 BST on Saturday 31 July.

Men’s Pool A

With all teams still in with a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals, there was plenty to play for in the final round of games in this group.

Three teams began the day on four points, with defending champions Argentina fifth on goal difference behind Spain and New Zealand and in danger of crashing out. But the Rio 2016 gold medallists pulled out a huge performance when required to beat New Zealand 4-1 and secure a third-placed finish in the group.

That came after Spain put in a brilliant performance to draw 1-1 with a rampant Australia, which turned out to be enough to ensure they finished fourth in the group. New Zealand finished fifth after their defeat to Argentina.

In the other game, India beat hosts Japan 5-3 as they finished second in the group, while the hosts ended their campaign bottom.

Argentina produced the good when it mattered most to book their place in the quarter-finals. Credit: World Sport Pics

Men’s Pool B

South Africa’s hopes of making it through to the quarter-finals ended as they drew 4-4 with Canada in a thoroughly entertaining game early in the day. They needed to win to give them a chance of progressing but a late Canadian equaliser meant they could only end the group stages on four points, while it allowed the North Americans to get off the mark.

A win for South Africa wouldn’t have been enough anyway as Germany – who were fourth and the only team that could have been caught – responded well to their shock defeat yesterday to beat The Netherlands 3-1. That moved them to second in the table.

In the final match of the day, Great Britain played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Belgium to end their group stage on a positive note. The result kept them third in the table, with The Netherlands finishing fourth. Belgium had already sealed top spot after winning their opening four matches.

Men’s quarter-final draw (Sunday 1 August)

  • Germany v Argentina – 01:30 BST
  • Australia v Netherlands – 04:00 BST
  • Belgium v Spain – 10:30 BST
  • India v Great Britain – 13:00 BST

Men’s semi-final draw (Tuesday 3 August)

  • Australia/Netherlands v Germany/Argentina
  • India/Great Britain v Belgium/Spain

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