The Hockey World Cup 2018 crossovers schedule is into its first knockout phase with eight teams set to contest in the crossovers matches starting Monday for a place in the quarter-finals. After the culmination of the group stage matches, the second and third-placed teams from Pools A-D will take on each other to complete the remaining four spots left in the last 16 of the marquee tournament. The Hockey World Cup 2018 crossover schedule will see France, China, Netherlands, Canada, England, New Zealand, Pakistan and Belgium all in action.
The crossover format sees the second-placed team in Pool C face the third placed-team in Pool D and the third-placed team from Pool D face the second-placed team Pool C. The same format is applied to teams from Pool A and Pool B.
The winner of the China-France match will face defending world champions Australia who topped Pool B. Pool D topper Germany will meet the winner of the third crossover match between Belgium and Pakistan in the quarterfinals. The winner of England vs New Zealand will take on Argentina in the next round.
Meanwhile, India will face off against either Netherlands or Canada as they look to win their first world cup title in over 45 years and put an end to the infamous statistic of a host nation never performing well in the world cup.
The crossover stage has been embroidered in controversy even before a single match has been played. With the group stage matches being played at different times, teams playing first have an unfair advantage over their opponents in the group, knowing exactly what they would need to do to progress to the quarter-finals. The schedule has been accused of killing fair play and gamesmanship in the world cup. In what has been an oversight by the FIH, teams playing second have been granted albeit unwillingly an advantage based on the previous results and situation.
Hockey World Cup 2018 Crossovers Schedule (All Timings Are In IST)
Monday, December 10
CS1 – England vs New Zealand – 4:45 pm
CS2 – France vs China – 7 pm
Tuesday, December 11
CS3 – Belgium vs Pakistan – 4:45 pm
CS4 – Netherlands vs Canada – 7 pm
The matches will be shown live on Star Sports 1, Hindi/HD
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