After the goal fest of the previous day the spectators must have been very disappointed with the number of goals witnessed today, except in the match between the Netherlands and Hong Kong China, which beat yesterday’s record aggregate with 68 goals and 47-21 score line. The best match of the day was Chinese Taipei against Portugal where the Chinese again came from behind to ‘escape’ with a win. At one time they were five behind and only led once in the whole match – for the most important last 10 seconds or so. The final score was 22 – 21). The game that decided which team from pool A would contest the semi-final against Belgium was awful by comparison. England, who had previously participated in the previous lowest aggregate score for this event against Australia two days before (33 goals), could not raise their game to anywhere near the level that they played against the Netherlands earlier in the week and were beaten by their old adversary Germany 17 – 13. It is worth noting that thirty goals was the exact number of goals scored just in the first half of last night’s Catalonia- Chinese Taipei match.
In the other matches India came from two goals behind in the last two minutes to beat Australia 22 – 21. They had, in fact, led by four at half time but let Australia back into the game in the early minutes of the second half but got the right result for them in the end. Belgium easily beat China 34 – 11 and Catalonia beat South Africa 24 – 10.
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