Let's talk to France Man of the Match
Here is our daily 'pitch side ponderings' with France’s Jean-Laurent Kieffer. France defeated Japan 3-2 in the 5-8 classification round to proceed to the 5th place playoff at the Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan.
Your late goal made the difference in today’s match against Japan. Did you try to avoid a shoot-out?
We stayed focussed and in the end we won, so we are very happy. Scoring the final goal makes it even more special for me. Personally, I never take a shoot-out attempt, so I wanted to score in regulation time. We definitely wanted to avoid another shoot-out after we have lost to Ireland in the quarter-finals.
Now you are facing New Zealand in the 5th place playoff match. This will be a tough game.
This is our final. We are really looking forward to it because we don’t often get a chance to play a team like New Zealand. It will be a great match and we will stay focused from the first to the last minute. Our goal was to finish within in the top five and this is still possible.
What is special about the French team?
The team spirit is great, we are always making jokes, take things easy and even if we lose, we try to take all positive things out of it. This is just the way we are.