|July 3rd, 2011|
|21||7th-8th Place||9:00am||GER - CHN||3 - 5 (1 - 4)||Final|
Zhao hits hat-trick as China take Seventh
7th – 8th Classification: Germany 3-5 China
Reigning FIH Young Player of the Year Zhao Yudiao scored a brilliant hat-trick to help China grab seventh place at the Rabo FIH Champions Trophy in a thrilling early morning match here in Amstelveen.
A breathtaking, free-flowing game saw China surge into a 4-0 lead thanks to goals from Sun Sinan, two from Zhao and a beauty from Song Qingling. Germany got back to within one goal of their opponents with Marie Mävers, Janine Beermann and Julia Müller contributing, before Zhao completed her hat-trick in the 54th minute to effectively win the game.
The result condemned Germany women to an eighth place finish, their lowest ever ranking in an FIH Champions Trophy event.
Although the early morning match started slowly, it burst into life in the 20th minute when China opened the scoring the 20th minute through Sun Sinan’s low penalty corner flick.
Moments later the team from Asia doubled their advantage through 2010 FIH Young Player of the Year Zhao Yudiao, although Germany were guilty of some pretty slack marking. Zhao received a pass from the left in acres of space, which gave her more than enough time to pick her spot and unleash a reverse stick shot beyond despairing Germany keeper Barbara Vogel.
Zhao put her name on the score-sheet for the second time with ten minutes of the half remaining when she guided a penalty corner strike into the net on the right. Three soon became four thanks to a stunning strike from Song Qingling who fired into the roof of the net from the tightest of angles to give China a 4-0 lead.
Germany were in pieces, but regained their composure to pull a goal back just before half time when Marie Mävers slapped into the net shortly before the break.
Germany made things very interesting shortly after the break with two goals in quick succession, bringing them to within one strike of their opponents. Janine Beermann crashed home a blistering strike from the top of the circle before Julia Müller’s penalty corner strike flew into the net courtesy of a wicked deflection.
Zhao gave China some breathing space once again with third goal of the match, turning inside her marker before firing a tomahawk shot into the roof of the Germany goal.
Germany dominated the last ten minutes of the match and even resorted to bringing on an extra outfield player in place of their goal-keeper. However, they failed to find a way through as China finished their tournament on a high.
|Review 21. Final 7-8 Germany vs China (3-5) - Rabo FIH Champions Trophy 2011|
|> China recorded their first win of the tournament to finish 7th.
> Germany finish bottom of the ranking for the first time. Their lowest rank so far was 5th in 2005.
> China recorded only their 2nd CT win over Germany in 10 CT matches.
> Zhao Yudiao became the first Chinese player ever to score a CT hat-trick and the 2nd player to do so at Amstelveen 2011 after Korea’s Kim Jong-Hee.
> Zhao Yudiao is now top of the goalscoring table on 5 goals, leading Korea’s Kim Jong-Hee (4) and Maartje Paumen (3).
> China have now conceded most goals so far at Amstelveen 2011 (15).
> Germany doubled their goals conceded in this match from 5 to 10.
> China lifted their penalty corner goal tally to 6 PC goals. They finish Amstelveen 2011 on 6 from 19 (32%).
> Germany have converted 3 of 29 penalty corners awarded at Amstelveen 2011 (10%).
> Marie Mävers, Julia Müller and Céline Wilde became Germany’s top goalscorers at Amstelveen 2011 on 2 goals each.
|Match Preview 21. Final 7-8 Germany vs China (3 July 2011,9:00) - Rabo FIH Champions Trophy 2011|
> Germany have won 8 of 9 Champions Trophy encounters with China, including the last 6.
> China’s sole Champions Trophy victory over Germany came in 2005, 1-0 through a Ma Yibo PC goal.
> Germany have also won 11 of their last 12 matches against China in all competitions.
> Last Friday, Germany recorded their biggest ever win over China in all 29 international matches, by beating them 4-1.
> China’s last win over Germany came in the semifinals of the 2008 Olympics (3-2).
> Since then, Germany have beaten China in five straight matches: 3-2 at 2009 CT, 4-2 and 3-1 at 2010 3-Nations Cup, 2-1 at the 2010 CT and 4-1 at the 2011 CT.
> Germany were ranked outside the top 4 only once before in CT competition. At Canberra 2005 they finished 5th.
> Germany have scored equal fewest goals so far at the 2011 Champions Trophy (6 goals).
> Germany are on 2 for 22 penalty corners this tournament (9%).
> Germany have conceded only 5 goals in 5 CT matches at Amstelveen 2011; 4 field goals and 1 PC goal.
> Céline Wilde is Germany’s top scorer at Amstelveen 2011 on 2 goals.
> Natascha Keller is on 19 CT career goals and needs only three more to equal all-time CT top scorer Nadine Ernsting-Krienke (GER, 22 goals).
> Keller (15 FG) is ranked third on the list for most field goals scored in CT competition. Only Nadine Ernsting-Krienke (GER, 19 FG) and Jackie Pereira (AUS, 16 FG) have scored more often from open play.
> Keller is the only player in the current German squad who also won Olympic gold medal in 2004.
> In 2006, Germany won their sole Champions Trophy title in Amstelveen, beating China in the final.
> Katharina Otte needs one goal to join Nadine Ernsting-Krienke and Fanny Rinne as German top scorers against China in CT competition on 3 goals.
> Since winning the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China have finished 5th at the 2009 CT, 6th at the 2010 CT and 8th at the 2010 World Cup.
> Four of China’s 6 goals at the 2011 Champions Trophy have come from penalty corners.
> China are now on 4 PC goals from 17 attempts at the 2011 Champions Trophy.
> China’s record for most PC goals in a CT tournament is 6 in 2006.
> China's Zhoa Yudiao has scored 2 PC goals for China, Mao Weilin and Li Hongxia converted one PC each.
> Zhao Yudiao and Gao Lihua are China's top scorers at Amstelveen 2011 on 2 goals each.
> Ma Yibo holds the Chinese record for most Champions Trophy matches played (58).
> Ma Yibo is also China’s all-time top scorer in Champions Trophy competition on 18 goals, all from penalty corners. The all-time record is 22 CT goals by Nadine Ernsting-Krienke (GER).
> Only Argentina’s Noel Barrionuevo has scored more penalty corner goals in CT competition than Ma Yibo (18).
> Li Hongxia and Ma Yibo are China’s top scorers against Germany in CT competition on 3 goals each.