Hockey World Cup 2018: Battle of Minnows to Take on the Giant

The lowest seeds are ready for the fight in crossover to meet the top seed in Quarterfinal. Seeded 16th, France has finished 7th in previous two appearances at 1971 and 1990 World Cups. Considering their unbelievable win against Argentina, they don’t look far from reaching close to 7th again by defeating China, who were clueless against Australia. But, 17th seed China might have learn from the loss and get motivated from the two magnificent draws they earned against England and Ireland. In the battle of minnows, prediction is difficult considering their memorable performances at pool stage.

2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup: Fixture and Results
Summary: Pool A, Pool B, Pool C, Pool D
Men’s Hockey World Cup: 5 Winners, 7 Runners up, 12 Semifinalists from 5 Continents in 13 Editions
World Cup Hockey: Winners and Semifinalists of Past
History of Hockey World Cup
2018 Hockey World Cup Points Table

In 2015, both reached the final at the Round 2 of Men’s Hockey World League. France defeated China 5-2 with a hattrick from Baumgarten and a goal each from Masson and Genestet. China on the other hand scored through Meng Wei and Ao Yang.

Li Zecheng of China was adjudged Player of the Tournament, while Simon Martin-Brisac from France won Player of the Tournament and Martin Zylbermann won Goalkeeper of the tournament award.

History at World Cup
France: 3 editions
At 1971: France finished fourth in Pool A winning two and losing 2 matches, scoring 2 goals anc conceding 5. They overall won 3 and lost 3 to finish 7th scoring 4 goals and conceding 7 goals.

    Lost 1-0 to India
    Def Kenya 1-0
    Lost to West Germany 4-0
    Def Argentina 1-0
    Crossover: Lost to Netherlands 2-1
    7th: Def Australia 1-0

1990: Finished 7th
France finished third in Pool A winning two , drawing one and losing 2 matches.

    Lost to Netherlands 2-1
    Lost to Australia 3-1
    Def India 2-1
    Drew Soviet Union 0-0
    Def Argentina 1-0
    Crossover: Lost to England 4-0
    7th Place: Def Spain 4-3 (Extra time)

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