|December 5th, 2011|
|8||Pool B||2:05pm||NED - GER||3 - 2 (2 - 2)||Final||x 3|
Hofman strikes late to sink Germany
Netherlands 3-2 Germany
A brilliant goal from Rogier Hofman gave The Netherlands a superb win over Olympic and European Champions Germany in the third match day 2 here in Auckland. With the scores locked at 2-2 with five minutes of the match remaining, Hofman picked up the ball down the left before surging into the circle, playing exchanging passes with a team-mate and forcing home from close range.
It was The Netherlands’ fifth successive victory against Germany in the Men’s Champions Trophy, having not lost to their opponents in their last nine meetings. The win puts The Netherlands clear at the top of Pool B, a position that they will have overnight regardless of the result between Korea and New Zealand.
The was nothing to choose between the two European giants in the first half, with both sides enjoying good possession and creating numerous scoring opportunities. Teun de Nooijer set up the first goal with an accurate pass to Dutch number 28 Billy Bakker who made no mistake with his shot to give The Netherlands the lead after 12 minutes. Germany’s own number 28 Tobias Matania soon tied things up with a cracking reverse stick strike before Thilo Stralkowski brilliantly created a goal for Christoph Menke to give Germany a 2-1 lead. Shortly before the break, Jeroen Hertzberger pulled The Netherlands level when he cut inside his marker and crashed a reverse stick shot between the legs of Germany keeper Max Weinhold.
The second half was far more one sided, as the Dutch forced the Olympic champions deep into their own territory. Netherlands forward Valentin Verga almost scored when he moved past the keeper but failed to get his shot on target before numerous Dutch penalty corner chances went begging. Eventually though, the German resistance faltered when Hofman produced his moment of magic to give The Netherlands an excellent and deserved triumph.
Netherlands – Germany 3-2 – Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011
> Netherlands go through to the next round if New Zealand fail to beat Korea in Match #8.
> Netherlands have now won 5 successive Champions Trophy matches against Germany and are unbeaten for 9 successive CT matches against them.
> Netherlands failed to convert any of their 8 penalty corners awarded in this match.
> The Dutch are now on 1 for 10 at Auckland 2011.
> Germany did not get a single penalty corner in today’s match. They are on 0 for 7 this tournament.
> Holland’s Billy Bakker scored his 2nd goal in his 12th CT match. He also scored in Holland's first match against Korea at Auckland 2011.
> Rogier Hofman netted his third goal in CT matches against Germany he also scored against Germany in 2007 (3-3) and in 2010 (4-1 win in bronze medal match).
> Jeroen Hertzberger collected his 8th CT goal in 26 CT appearances.
> Germany’s 21-year-old Tobia Matania scored his maiden CT goal in only his 2nd CT match.
> Christoph Menke netted his 3rd CT goal. Germany won the two previous CT matches he scored in: 3-2 vs England in 2009 and 5-2 vs New Zealand in 2010
Netherlands – Germany (5 Dec 2011, 14:05) – Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011
> The Netherlands have won 12 of their 32 Champions Trophy encounters with Germany (12-11-9).
> Netherlands have won their last 4 Champions Trophy matches against Germany and are unbeaten for 8 successive CT matches against them since losing 4-3 at Lahore 2004.
> At the 2010 CT in Monchengladbach, the Dutch beat Germany 1-0 in the pool phase and 4-1 in the bronze medal match.
> This will be the fourth time these teams face each other this year. In June, Holland beat Germany 2-1 at the 4-nations Rabo Trophy in Amstelveen. In July, Netherland beat Germany 5-4 in a 4-nations tournament prior to the EuroHockey Nations Championships where Germany beat Holland 4-2 in the final to win the European championship.
> The Dutch are in their 31st Champions Trophy campaign. Last year they claimed a bronze medal. Their last of 8 Champions Trophy titles dates back to 2006.
> Taeke Taekema is all-time top goalscorer in CT competition on 46 goals (from 53 CT matches).
> Taekema also scored the winning (PC) goal in Holland’s 2-0 victory over Korea on Day 1. Billy Bakker scored the second Dutch goal.
> The Netherlands have converted 1 of 2 penalty corners awarded at Auckland 2011.
> The Dutch are the only team that managed to keep a clean sheet on Day 1.
> Netherlands are currently ranked third in the world.
> Germany are participating in their 30th Champions Trophy tournament and their 12th in succession.
> Their last CT medal came in 2009 when they claimed silver and their last CT title dates back to 2007.
> Germany are ranked second in the world, behind top ranked team Australia and before today’s opponents Netherlands.
> The last reigning European Champions to win the Champions Trophy were Germany in 1995.
> On Day 1 Germany beat hosts New Zealand 2-1 through field goals by Thilo Stralkowski and Christopher Wesley.
> Germany converted 0 for 7 penalty corners on Day 1.
> At 16 CT goals Jan Marco Montag is the top scorer in the current German squad in CT competition. He needs 4 more CT goals to enter the top 3 of Germany goal scorers in CT competition: Carsten Fischer (30 CT goals), Stefan Blöcher (23) and Matthias Witthaus (20).