|December 6th, 2011|
|9||Pool B, Pool D||2:05pm||KOR - GER||3 - 3 (0 - 2)||Final|
Korea and Germany share the spoils
Korea 3-3 Germany
Korea fought back from 2-0 down to take a share of the points against Germany, but it was not enough to keep alive their hopes of winning the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy. Germany lead 2-0 at half time thanks to goals from Florian Fuchs and Jan-Marco Montag, but Korea rattled in three goals through Hyo Sik You, Young Jin Kim and Jong Ho Seo to put them in a strong position. However, Germany found an equaliser with three minutes of the match remaining, with Thilo Stralkowski tapping in following a great pass from Benjamin Wess.
The result means that Germany will only progress to Pool C – the Championship Pool – if The Netherlands beat home favourites New Zealand in the final match of the day here in Auckland. For Korea, the result means that they are certain to play in for the 5-8 positions in Pool D.
A fairly drab first half came to life in the 31st minute when Christopher Wesley fired a pass from the left across the face of goal to Florian Fuchs, who made no mistake with a close range finish. Fuchs was today named in the shortlist for the 2011 FIH Young Player of the Year Award, and showed exactly why with a typical poachers goal. Jan-Marco Montag fired home Germany’s second goal from the top of the circle just ahead of half time.
Korea started the second half with a spring in their step, determined to fight their way back into the contest. In the 48th minute their hard work was rewarded when Hyo Sik You dived in at the far post to pull a goal back.
Eight minutes later the Asians were level through Young Jin Kim’s field goal and almost took the lead in the 62nd minute when a penalty corner flick hit the left post of the Germany goal. Korea moved ahead in the 64th minute thanks to a wonderful strike from Jong Ho Seo, who surged into the circle on the right before unleashing a rocket of a shot into the bottom corner.
However, Germany got a share of the spoils two minutes later thanks to Thilo Stralkowski, who put the ball into an open goal following excellent work from Benjamin Wess down the left.
Korea – Germany 3-3 – Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011
> Germany will only progress to Pool C if the Netherlands beat New Zealand later today. New Zealand will qualify for Pool C with a win or a draw.
> Korea will go to Pool D and play for rank 5-8. Their lowest CT rank is sixth (and last) in 1997, 2001 and 2002.
> Korea and Germany remain the only teams that are yet to score from penalty corners at Auckland 2011.
> Korea converted 0 for 5 penalty corners in this match. They are now on 0 for 10 at Auckland 2011.
> Germany failed to convert 2 penalty corners awarded in this match and are now on 0 for 9 in the tournament.
> Jan-Marco Montag has now scored in 8 different CT tournaments (every edition since 2004) and is on a total of 17 CT goals.
> Florian Fuchs has now scored at each of the last 3 CT tournaments. He is on 8 CT career goals.
> Tobias Matania has now scored in 2 successive CT vs Netherlands yesterday and today vs Korea. He is the only German to have scored more than once so far this tournament.
> Seo Jong-Ho, who plays for German side Mannheimer HC, scored his 10th CT goal, 4 of which came in matches against Germany.
Korea – Germany (6 Dec 2011, 14:05) – Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011
> Korea have won only 1 of their 9 Champions Trophy matches against Germany (1W –1D–7L).
> This sole win came in their last CT encounter at Melbourne 2009 when Korea beat Germany 5-3, goals scored by Seo Jong-Ho (2), You Hyo-Sik, Nam Hyun-Woo (PC), Lee Nam-Yong and Jan-Marco Montag (2PC) and Matthias Witthaus.
> Germany’s last CT win over Korea dates back to Rotterdam 2008 when they beat their Asian opponents 4-3 in the 1st Round and 3-1 in the Final 5-6.
> The last meeting between these teams came at the 2010 World Cup when Germany came back from 2-0 down to negotiate a 2-2 draw through goals by Hyun Hye-Sung (PC), Lee Nam-Yong, Florian Fuchs and Benjamin Wess (PC).
> Germany have never beaten Korea by more than 3 goals in any competition.
> Korea will most likely go to Pool D and play for rank 5-8 as it will be nearly impossible to beat both Germany and New Zealand on goal difference should these three teams finish Pool B on 3 points.
> At their last Champions Trophy tournament Korea finished third (at Melbourne 2009). Their lowest CT rank is sixth (and last) in 1997, 2001 and 2002.
> Korea have scored only 1 goal so far at Auckland 2011, Cho Suk-Hoon’s equaliser against New Zealand (6-1 defeat).
> Korea have conceded most goals so far at Auckland 2011 (8 goals conceded: 6FG – 2PC).
> Korea are on 0 for 5 in terms of penalty corners converted at Auckland 2011. Germany are the only other team yet to score from penalty corners at Auckland 2011.
> Seo Jong-Ho plays for German side Mannheimer HC.
> Germany need to beat Korea by at least 3 goals to be sure of progressing to Pool C regardless of the outcome of the Netherlands- New Zealand match.
> A draw will do for Germany if Netherlands beat New Zealand.
> Germany have scored 4 and conceded 4 goals so far, all from open play.
> Germany are on 0 for 7 in terms of penalty corners converted at Auckland 2011.
> Germany have seen 10 PCs been awarded to their opponents but none were converted.
> Tobias Matania, Christoph Menke (2-3 vs Netherlands) and Thilo Stralkowski and Christopher Wesley (2-1 vs New Zealand) are the German goalscorers so far this tournament.