Great Britain – Germany 16–15 (10-11)
If ever there was a close game then this was it! Both teams put in much effort to save their reputation of progressing nations. Once again the sports venue was very crowded. It proved that korfball is appreciated in Cali.
In the second half Great Britain managed to extend their half time lead to 3 but it was soon countered and with 6 minutes left Germany held a two goal lead. Britain then scored three in a row only for Germany to equalise with 2 minutes to go. A nearly sold out Coliseo witnessed the most thrilling final stage of the game with a goal for Great Briatin seconds before the final whistle.
Czech Republic – Russia 21–28 (12-15)
Another thriller was displayed before the eyes of the President of the World Games Association, Ron Froehlich. That was until 10 minutes in the second half when Russia took a 12-18 lead. The Czech Republic struggled to stay in the game but successful Russian long range shots took away all hope. Dmitri Kazachkov will especially remember this day having scored ten times.
Belgium – Portugal 29–9 (16-6)
First semi final: – The Belgians were eager to win with a big score and Portugal was focusing on the bronze for the next day. There is little Portugal could do to keep their opponents from a making a high score. Enthusiasm was not enough in this case.
Early in the second half Belgium made some substitutions but the shooting stayed accurate. Overall not really enough excitement for the crowd.
The Netherlands – Chinese Taipei 40–14 (18-4)
The second semi final brought no surprise. Dutch supremacy against a lot of goodwill and effort of Chinese Taipei! As a result the match was far from a thriller. Everyone went home with the hope of more balanced games on the final day.
Graham Crafter2013-08-04 04:45:062013-08-04 04:45:06WG Semi-Finals Day