Day 3 at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games hockey competition started off with an absolute highlight as the men of Australia took on South Africa. By the second period, Australia had a 5-0 advantage, and when South Africa scored their first in the dying seconds of the middle third, it seemed like a consolation goal.
The final twelve minutes however saw a tremendous turn-around as the Africans moved closer goal by goal. One goal ahead, South Africa even held on with two players sin-binned for the final 45 seconds.
In other men’s action, Pakistan defeated Germany in front of a sizeable and vocal group of German supporters, Canada moved into second place in their pool table with a win over Bangladesh and Mexico recorded their first victory of the event against Zambia.
The Netherlands women showed off their superior skills in a 12:1 win over Japan, and New Zealand moved into second place behind China in the women’s Pool B table with a win over Germany. Inspired by their men’s astonishing achievement, the South African women booked their first three points against Fiji, while Uruguay defeated Zambia.
Japan – Netherlands 1:12 (0:4; 1:10)
Germany – New Zealand 1:4 (0:1; 1:2)
South Africa – Fiji 8:2 (3:0; 7:1)
Uruguay – Zambia 7:1 (1:0; 4:0)
South Africa – Australia 6:5 (0:4; 1:5)
Pakistan – Germany 6:2 (2:1; 5:2)
Canada – Bangladesh 4:1 (1:0; 1:0)
Mexico – Zambia 6:2 (3:1; 4:1)
Source and photograph: FIH.ch