|December 11th, 2011|
|22||5/6||1:05pm||GER - GBR||1 - 0 (1 - 0)||Final||x 2|
Stralkowski strike gives Germany place in 2012 Champions Trophy
Germany 1-0 Great Britain
Germany have booked their place at the 2012 Champions Trophy tournament by achieving a fifth place finish at the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy in Auckland, New Zealand.
The European Champions defeated Great Britain 1-0 in a match of few chances, with Thilo Stralkowski netting the only goal of the game with a 30th minute penalty corner.
It was a big moment for Stralkowski, who returned to the squad after being left out of Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Pakistan.
The big striker made no mistake with his penalty corner effort, which flew into the bottom right corner of the goal with speed and deception which gave GB keeper James Fair little chance of saving.
Germany had two very good chances to score in the second half, but Great Britain veterans Ken Forbes and Mark Pearn both took balls off the line when a goal seemed a certainty.
Great Britain’s best chance of the match fell to James Tindall with 30 seconds to go, but Germany keeper Nico Jacobi was perfectly placed to deal with Tindall’s rasping strike. It was a save which ensured that gave Germany the victory and their place in the next Champions Trophy.Khan tapped in following a fine run and pass from Shakeel Abbasi. It seemed that Pakistan were going to run away with it, but Korea have never been known for throwing the towel in and tied the scores with a double from Hyo Sik You to force extra time.
Pakistan’s winner came five minutes into the first period of extra time when the ever lively Abbasi caused chaos with another superb driving run which was eventually finished off by Rizwan. It was a disappointing end for Korea, but Pakistan will be pleased to leave Auckland on a winning note.
Germany – Great Britain 1-0 - Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011
> Germany finish fifth and secure a berth in the 2012 Champions Trophy.
> GB finish 6th for a record 6th time (9 times including England).
> Germany kept a clean sheet for the second time this tournament. Netherlands are the only other team to have kept their opponents from scoring (once).
> Germany are now unbeaten in 14 CT encounters with Great Britain, recording 11 wins and 3 draws.
> Germany have now won their last 6 CT matches against GB.
> Thilo Stralkowski has now scored Germany’s first and last goal of the tournament.
> This was the first Ct match to be decided by a single penalty corner goal since Netherlands beat Germany 1-0 in the 2010 Champions Trophy through a Mink van der Weerden PC goal.
> Germany have now won all 3 CT matches with Nicolas Jacobi on goal.
> Germany converted 1 of 3 PCs in this match and finish the tournament on 4 for 20 (20%).
> GB failed to convert any of their 4 PCs in this match and finish the tournament on 3 for 25 (12%).
> Tobias Matania and Jan-Marco Montag are Germany's top scorers at Auckland 2011 on 3 goals.
> Simon Mantell, Mark Pearn and James Tindall are GB top goalscorers on 2 goals.
Germany – Great Britain (11Dec 2011, 13:05) - Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy Men 2011
> Germany are unbeaten in 13 CT encounters with Great Britain, recording 10 wins and 3 draws.
> Germany have won their last 5 CT matches against GB, since drawing 1-1 in 1991.
> Earlier this tournament, Germany beat England 2-1 in Pool D, goals scored by Martin Zwicker, Jan-Marco Montag (PC) and Glenn Kirkham. Montag’s match winning PC goal only came in the last minute of the match.
> Germany’s biggest CT victories over GB came in 2007 (4-0) and in 2000 (also 4-0).
> Germany’s last encounter with England came last August, at the European Nations Cup and saw Germany beat England 3-0.
> England’s last win over Germany came in July 2011, at the 4-nations Rabo Trophy in Amstelveen (3-2).
> Germany have been in the Final 5-6 four times winning twice (2004 and 2008) and losing twice (1998 and 2003).
> Germany have won 3 of their 5 matches at Auckland 2011 including their encounter with GB (2-1).
> Germany (5-0 vs Pakistan) and Netherlands (2-0 vs Korea are the only teams to have kept a clean sheet at Auckland 2011.
> Germany have a PC success rate of 17% (3 for 17) this tournament.
> Germany have not conceded a single any penalty corner goals yet. They faced 19 PCs.
> Tobian Mantani and Jan-Marco Montag are Germany's top scorers at Auckland 2011 on 3 goals.
> Montag is 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.
Great Britain Facts
> England/GB have lost their last 3 knock-out matches in CT competition: GB lost the 2007 Final 5-6 to Spain (4-2), England lost the 2009 Final 5-6 to Spain (5-2) and England lost the 2010 Final 1-2 to Australia 4-0.
> GB/England’s last win in a knock-out match came in 2001 when they beat Korea 3-3 (6-5ps) in the Final 5-6.
> Simon Mantell, Mark Pearn and James Tindall are GB top goalscorers so far on 2 goals.
> GB have converted 3 of 21 penalty corners this tournament (14%).
> GB have conceded 4 goals from 17 penalty corners.
> Great Britain are the oldest team at Auckland 2011 with an average age of 28 years.
> 19-year-old Harry Martin can become the third teenager to score for GB or England in CT competition joining Mark Pearn (age 18) in 1995 and Simon Nicklin (age 19) in 1992.