Ireland’s hopes of reaching the World Cup knockout stages are hanging by a thread after a 1-0 defeat by debutants Chile at Amstelveen’s Wagener Stadium.
That means they have to win against Germany on Wednesday and then hope that goal difference will work in their favor later when Chile meet the Netherlands.
It was a day when Ireland failed to make the most of their attack on the penalty corner as 10 set pieces went unconverted while the South American side struck the winner via Denise Krimerman Losada with 12 minutes remaining.
The first three quarters were goalless, with Ireland failing to take full advantage of six penalty corners, while Chile were also undisciplined, spending a third of the quarter down to cards.
Sarah Torrans deflected a chance into the bottom corner in the first minute, but Katie Mullan’s cross from the left was counted as having hit her backstick.
Mullan then had a backhand shot test against Claudia Schuler before the South American side endured their first sin binnings with less than 10 minutes left as passions threatened to boil over.
The break in the first quarter calmed things down and Chile produced some strong counterattacks, Domenica Ananias’ cross almost being deflected by a diving Paula Valdivia.
But Hannah McLoughlin came the closest to breaking the block before the first half when she rolled onto her back and clipped a shot that hit the outside of the left post.
With so much at stake, the third quarter became more frenetic and increasingly tense, with the game becoming increasingly restless. Chile had two corners but Ayeisha McFerran and her defenders closed the angles while Francisca Tala’s center circle shot on the turn went just wide.
But the game turned with 12 minutes to go when Chile created another set piece and this time Denise Krimerman hit Losada hard and accurate down the left channel to hit the board.
The Green Army reacted immediately, winning three more corners without success, while Zara Malseed had three shots on goal, all defended by desperate batons.
Life got even tougher when Lena Tice was booked for a foul midway and Róisín Upton was hit to the head.
Ireland: McFerran A, Carey M, Upton R, Hawkshaw S, Mullan K, McLoughlin H, Torrans S, Tice L, Perdue C, Duke D, Curran E. Subtitle: McAuley S, Malseed Z, Carroll N, Beggs C, McKee K, Hamill C, Murphy L.
Chile: Shuler C, Ananias D, Villagran F, Krimerman D, Flores F, Urroz M, Caram C, Tala F, Solano A, Maldonado M, Khamis J. Subtitle: S Filipek, J Salas, C Palma, F Parra, P Valdivia, F Arrieta, N Salvador.
Referee: W Venter (RSA), I Makar (Cro).
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