World No. 16 South Africa edged past Russia 2-1 in the cross over match of the FIH Series Finals in Bhubaneswar to qualify for the semi-finals.
After a barren first half, South Africa scored via Nqobile Ntuli (40th) who netted a brilliant penalty corner goal giving South Africa the lead.
Russia’s Georgii Arusiia equalised the score in the 47th minute through a penalty corner goal to level up the score.
However, Ryan Julius scored for South Africa in the 53rd minute through a fine field goal to come out triumphant.
While India will square off against Japan in the semifinals on Friday, South Africa will take on USA in the last-four round.
Russia and Poland will play against each other for the fifth-sixth place classification game on Friday morning.