|December 10th, 2011|
|17||Pool D||12:05pm||GER - PAK||5 - 0 (2 - 0)||Final||x 8|
Germany thrash Pakistan to stay top of Pool D
Germany 5-0 Pakistan
European champions Germany were in outstanding goal-scoring form at the start of Day 5 here at the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy in Auckland, New Zealand, cruising to a 5-0 win over Pakistan. Goals from Tobias Matania, Jan-Marco Montag, Benjamin Wess, Florian Fuchs and Benedikt Fürk ensured that Germany will play in the 5th place play-off game on Sunday.
Germany were well on top of the majority of the first half and deservedly took the lead when Tobias Matania sent a low penalty corner shot into the bottom right corner after 13 minutes. Their advantage was doubled in the 26th minute thanks to Jan-Marco Montag, who sent a ferocious penalty corner flick into the top right corner to leave Pakistan reeling.
Germany pressed their opponents deep into their own territory throughout the first half and continued their dominance in the second when Benjamin Wess rattled in a field goal seven minutes after the break to make the score 3-0. A fourth goal arrived in the 49th minute thanks to 2011 FIH Young Player of the Year nominee Florian Fuchs, who got a crucial touch on a pass from Timo Wess to find the bottom corner.
Eight minutes from the end of the game Germany completed the scoring, and what a goal it was. A failed Pakistan penalty corner was quickly turned into a counter-attack thanks to a great pass from Timo Wess to Fuchs who surged into the circle before passing to the unmarked Benedikt Fürk who gloriously chipped the ball over the oncoming keeper.
The result means that Pakistan will play in the 7th-8th play-off match.
Germany - Pakistan 5-0 – Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011
> Germany qualify for the Final 5-6 and play the winner of the GBR-KOR match or GB in case of a draw.
> Pakistan are now relegated. They play in the Final 7-8.
> Germany recorded their biggest CT win over Pakistan by winning 5-0.
> Germany's biggest ever victory over Pakistan in any competition came in a test series in June 1994 when Germany beat Pakistan 7-0.
> Germany join Netherlands as only team to have kept a clean sheet at Auckland 2011 (Netherlands defeated Korea 2-0).
> Germany converted 2 of 4 penalty corners in this match and are now on 3 for 17 for the tournament.
> Pakistan failed to score from 3 penalty corners in this match and are now on 5 from 14 for the tournament.
> Germany have not conceded a single any penalty corner goals yet. They faced 19 PCs.
> Tobian Mantani and Jan-Marco Montag both scored their third goal of the tournament and are now Germany's sole top scorers at Auckland 2011.
> Jan-Marco Montag netted his 3rd goal of the tournament and his 2nd from a penalty corner.
> Montag is now on 19 CT career goals and needs one more to equal Matthias Witthaus as active German player with most CT goals. German record holder is Carsten Fischer on 30 CT goals.
> Benjamin Wess has now scored once in each of the last 3 Champions Trophy tournaments
> Florian Fuchs scored his 2nd goal of the tournament and his 9th CT career goal.
Germany - Pakistan (10 Dec 2011, 12:05) – Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011
> Germany have won 11 of their 26 CT against Pakistan (11W – 6D – 9L).
> Germany won their last CT match against Pakistan (5-2 in 2007) and are unbeaten in their last 3 CT matches against them.
> Pakistan’s biggest CT victory over Germany came in 1982 (6-1).
> Germany have never beaten Pakistan by more than 3 goals in CT competition.
> Earlier this year, in July, Germany beat Pakistan 2-1 at the 4-nations Rabo Trophy in Amstelveen.
> Pakistan last beat Germany at the Hamburg Masters in August 2006 (2-1). They have met 5 times ever since with Germany winning on all 5 occasions.
> Germany need at least a draw against Pakistan to qualify for the Final 5-6.
> Germany have scored 9 goals so far 8FG and 1 PC.
> Germany have conceded 8 goals so far, all from open play. Only Australia have conceded fewer goals (6).
> Germany and Korea have scored only 1 PC goal so far this tournament.
> Germany are on 1 for 13 in terms of penalty corners converted at Auckland 2011.
> Germany have not conceded a single any penalty corner goals yet. They faced 16 PCs.
> Tobias Matania and Jan-Marco Montag are Germany’s top scorers at Auckland 2011 on 2 goals. > Florian Fuchs, Christoph Menke, Thilo Stralkowski, Martin Zwicker and Christopher Wesley are the other German goalscorers.
> Florian Fuchs is on the shortlist for the FIH Young Player of the Year award.
> All players on the German squad are in their twenties. Florian Fuchs is the youngest at age 20 and Max Weinhold and Timo Wess are the oldest players at age 29.
> Pakistan qualify for Final 5-6 with a win over Germany. A draw will only see them through if Korea beat GB, but by no more than a 6-goal margin.
> 3-time Champions Trophy winners Pakistan finished 7th (of 8) at their last CT tournament in 2007.
> Pakistan have scored 10 goals (4FG, 5PC, 1PS) so far.
> Captain Muhammad Imran has scored 3 goals, all from penalty corners. Abdul Haseem Khan is on 2 (FG).
> Pakistan are on 5 for 11 in terms of penalty corners converted (45%, the highest percentage so far at Auckland 2011).
> Pakistan have faced most penalty corners (22) and have conceded most PC goals (6) at Auckland 2011.