|March 7th, 2010|
|24||Pool A||8:30pm||GER - NED||2 - 2 (0 - 1)||Final|
The Netherlands entered the last match of the day unbeaten in the competition while Germany, the current World Champions, had to concede a draw to Korea in their opening game. The match was played in front of large contingents of German and Dutch fans, making up for the absence of local crowd.
The Netherlands had a penalty-corner in the opening minute, and Germany forced one immediately after at the other end but neither could use them. The game settled down in a tactical chess game played mostly in midfield for a while, with tight marking, crisp passes and running off the ball rather than with it, as is often the case with these two European teams.
The fans were enjoying this classical opposition between the two teams. Play was rich in action, but scarce in scoring chances. The Netherlands had a second penalty-corner in the 15th minute, could not control it but scored on the next one by Wouter JOLIE, with a straight hit deflected by a defender in front of the keeper.
The game opened up in the final stages of the period, with some decisive accelerations and passes by Teun DE NOOIJER, but the Dutch forwards were inprecise in their final passes and Tim JESSULAT in the German goal was not in real danger. The young German team immediately pushed forward when play resumed and were dangerous twice by Philip WITTE before Oliver KORN concluded a period of intense domination with a deflection in goal in the 44th minute.
They maintained their pressure and the Dutch defense, pushed on their heels, needed all their experience to weather the storm. The Germans monopolized the ball and ran havoc in the Dutch midfield with long runs by Moritz FÜRSTE and Benjamin WESS but seldom arrived in shooting position. The Netherlands managed to force a penalty-corner but scrambled it. Shortly after, while The Netherlands were playing short after a green card to Teun DE NOOIJER, Germany took the lead by Jan-Marco MONTAG well positioned to pick up the ball rebounding from the crossbar.
The Dutch reaction was immediate and they regain control of play, with Teun DE NOOIJER, just back on the field, on hand on the post to push in goal a ball that had eluded a German defender. With this goal, the mercurial #14 has now scored in the last five World Cups since his first participation in 1994!
In a dramatic turn of event, Germany forced a penalty-corner with no time on the clock; however they could not score and the two teams left on par, a result that position them in the top two spots in pool A.
Match facts (Germany vs. Netherlands):
> The Netherland and Germany drew to lift their points total to 10 and 8 points respectively.
>This marked only the second draw at Delhi 2010 following Germany – Korea (2-2).
> On Tuesday Germany play New Zealand and Netherlands play Korea for a semi-final berth.
> Dutch captain Teun de Nooijer has now scored in five successive World Cup editions (i.e. every World Cup since 1994).
> Ties Kruize (NED) is the only other player to have scored in five World Cup editions (1973-1986).
> Oliver Korn (GER) became the 8th Germany player to score at Delhi 2010. The only other team to have seen so many different players score is England (8).
> After 24 matches at Delhi 2010, a total of 133 goals have been scored, an average of 5.54 goals per match.
> The World Cup tournament with the highest average is 1994, when 4.98 goals per match were scored.