|July 1st, 2011|
|17||Pool D||12:00pm||CHN - GER||1 - 4 (1 - 1)||Final|
Germany record biggest ever win over China
Germany have claimed their biggest ever win over China by recording a 4-1 success in the Pool D meeting between the two sides in Amstelveen. The Europeans were deserving winners of the contest, with Celine Wilde (2), Maike Stöckel and Marie Mävers all getting their names on the scoresheet, with Gao Lihua registering for China.
The result means that Germany and China will meet again in Sunday’s 7th / 8th Play-Off contest, which subsequently confirms berths for Australia and England in the 5th / 6th Classification match even before they take to the field this afternoon in the final match of Pool D.
There were chances at either end in the early stages of the match, but it was Germany who were the first to capitalize when Celine Wilde opened the scoring in the 8th minute after China failed to clear their lines.
Reigning FIH Young Player of the Year Zhao Yudiao almost pulled her side level when she burst through on goal before crashing a reverse stick shot against the side of the Germany goal. A penalty corner soon followed, but China were unable to take advantage of the set-piece opportunity.
China drew level ion the 18th minute thanks to a tap-in from Gao Lihua, who forced the ball home from close range following excellent build-up play down the right from team captain Li Hongxia.
Although no further goals were scored in the half both sides could easily have gone in ahead at the break. A goal-mouth scramble in China circle was somehow cleared to safety when a goal seemed a certainty, while the hugely influential Zhao continued to cause problems for the Germany defence with her great speed and terrific skill.
Germany re-established their lead five minutes into the second half when Maike Stöckel – who has worn a protective facemask throughout this tournament – pounced on a loose ball in the circle and forced home.
A third Germany goal quickly followed when a slick penalty corner routine saw Julia Müller send a perfect pass to Marie Mävers who had the simple task of deflecting in at the right post.
Germany killed the contest with their fourth goal, which came from the stick of Celine Wilde in the 55th minute, finding the bottom left corner with an instinctive slap-shot.
Although defeated, China will have the chance to avenge the defeat in the 7th / 8th Play-Off match on Sunday.
Review 17. China vs Germany (1-4) - Rabo FIH Champions Trophy 2011
> Germany record their biggest ever win over China in all 29 international matches, by beating them 4-1.
> On Sunday, Germany play China again in the Final 7-8. Australia will play England in the Final 5-6
> Germany have now won 8 of 9 Champions Trophy encounters with China, including the last 6.
> Germany have now won 11 of their last 12 matches against China in all competitions.
> Germany are now on 2 PC goals from 22 penalty corners awarded at the 2011 Champions Trophy.
> 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.
> Germany’s Céline Wilde scored her first two goals in CT competition in today’s match. She is now Germany’s top goalscorer at Amstelveen 2011 on 2 goals.
|Match Preview 17. China vs Germany (1 July 2011,12:00) - Rabo FIH Champions Trophy 2011|
> Germany have won 7 of 8 Champions Trophy encounters with China, including the last 5.
> At Nottingham 2010 Germany beat China 2-1, goals scored by Eileen Hoffmann (2) and Xu Xiaoxu.
> China’s sole Champions Trophy victory over Germany came in 2005, 1-0 through a Ma Yibo PC goal.
> Germany have won 10 of their last 11 matches against China in all competitions.
> China’s last win over Germany came in the semifinals of the 2008 Olympics (3-2).
> Since then, Germany have beaten China in four straight matches: 3-2 at 2009 CT, 4-2 and 3-1 at 2010 3-Nations Cup and 2-1 at the 2010 CT.
> If China fail to win this match they will play Germany again on Sunday in the Final 7-8.
> Four of China’s 5 goals at the 2011 Champions Trophy have come from penalty corners.
> China are now on 4 PC goals from 16 attempts at the 2011 Champions Trophy.
> China's Zhoa Yudiao has scored 2 PC goals for China, Mao Weilin and Li Hongxia converted one PC each.
> Zhao Yudiao is China's top scorer on 2 goals after Matchday 4.
> 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.
> Ma Yibo holds the Chinese record for most Champions Trophy matches played (57).
> 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.
> Germany will play in the Final 7-8 on Sunday.
> Germany were ranked outside the top 4 only once before in CT competition. At Canberra 2005 they finished 5th.
> Germany are bottom in Pool D on 0 points from 2 matches. China are on 2 points.
> Germany have scored fewest goals so far at the 2011 Champions Trophy (2 goals).> Germany are on 1 for 16 penalty corners this tournament (6%).
> 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.