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Pietie’s goal not enough
- Updated: September 4, 2010
A third goal of the tournament by ace striker Pietie Coetzee wasn’t enough to prevent England beating South Africa 2-1 in the Women’s World Cup hockey tournament in Rosario, Argentina on Saturday.
England’s win saw them hugely improving their chances of making the semi-finals, the win being their third of the tournament.
Hero for England was Helen Richardson who scored twice in the match, held over to Saturday after torrential rain saw all Friday’s games washed out.
South Africa came back well in the second half but it was a question of two little, too later. South African have now gone down 5-2 to Argentina, beaten Spain 2-1 and then falling 4-1 to China.
England are still unbeaten at the tournament.
Coetzee, who made a welcome return to the game after a period of retirement, also scored against England in the 2002 World Cup.
Of their six penalty corners, England converted one and South African scored from of their three penalty corners awarded.
Our Lisa-Marie Deetlefs became the first player to collect two yellow cards at the tournament.