Ireland will need a miracle to qualify for the knockout stages of the Women’s Hockey World Cup after a 1-0 defeat to Chile in Amsterdam.
Chile’s Denise Losada scored the only goal of the game in the fourth quarter from a penalty corner as the South America nation won their first ever World Cup match.
The crushing blow means Ireland not only require a win over heavyweights Germany on Wednesday in their final match of the group stages but they will also need hosts the Netherlands to emphatically beat Chile in their final game to progress.
It was a tie where Ireland did not make their territorial and possession dominance count as they repeatedly had chances but couldn’t put them away.
Zara Malseed failed to get enough of a redirect on Hannah McLoughlin’s pass from a penalty corner – one of six won by the girls in green – while McLoughlin’s own attempt on the reverse just went wide.
Chile, who offered very little in the first half, suddenly sprung into life at the start of the third quarter and forced Ayeisha McFerran into some smart stops, while Josefa Salas just put an effort wide.
And their pressure, combined with a string of Irish mistakes, finally paid off as Losada smashed in a penalty corner early in the fourth for 1-0.
Malseed had two big chances to level proceedings as the clock wound down, only to be frustrated twice by Chile goalkeeper Claudia Schuler, and they will now need the performance of their lives against Germany to keep their already slim chances alive on Wednesday.