Powerful Germans defeat Korea
Pool B – Germany 4-2 Korea
The first match in Pool B started with fire as Germany scored the fastest opening goal in this competition so far. Christina Schütze (2’) scored from Germany’s first penetration into the Korean circle to give them a 1-0 lead. Germany's previous fastest goal came in the third minute of the 1997 Champions Trophy final Germany v Australia (1-2) when Britta Becker scored.
Korea struck back immediately thanks to a successful counter-attack by Cheon Eun-Bi (5’). Shortly after the Koreans, who impressed by winning the 4-Nations-Tournament in Cordoba, took the lead. Kim Jong-Hee (12’) was able to shoot into the empty German goal after receiving a pass from Kim Jong-Eun, who beat the advancing German goalkeeper. Germany were not impressed and equalized thanks to Anke Brockmann (17’). The 23 year old smashed in a penalty corner in her first Champions Trophy match. Just before halftime Celine Wilde (34’) gave the lead back to Germany scoring a tremendous goal from the top of the circle.
As soon as the second half has started Lisa Hahn (36’), the other German playing her Champions Trophy debut, increased the lead when she finished her circle penetration with a skillful backhand stroke. Katharina Otte had the chance to increase the score as she beat the Korean goalie with a stunning shot but her attempt was denied by the umpire because the shot was adjudged to have come from outside the circle-line. Korea were urgent to score afterwards but German goalkeeper Yvonne Frank did a good job in defending shots early and her defence supported her well clearing quickly. The Koreans were unlucky when Park Mi-Yhun’s attempt hit the post.
Match Review 3. Germany - Korea 4-2
> This is the first time Germany beat another team than China (3 wins) and New Zealand (2 wins) since beating England 3-1 in July 2009.
> Germany ended their 5-match winless streak against Korea in all competitions and recorded their first win over Korea since a 5-1 victory in at the 2005 CT in Canberra.
> Germany have now won 7 of 10 CT matches against Korea, including the last 5. (7W-1D-2L).
> Tina Schütze scored the fastest CT goal for Germany ever, by scoring in the second minute of the match.
> Germany's previous fastest CT goal came in the third minute of the 1997 CT final (GER-AUS 1-2) and was scored by Britta Becker.
> Cheon Eun-Bi drew the score level scoring her 2nd CT goal in 7 CT matches.
> Kim Jong-Hee gave Korea a 2-1 lead in the 12th minute. Korea had never before scored twice in the first 12 minutes of a CT match. In 2011 they scored 2 goals in first 13 minutes against New Zealand (5-3 win).
> Anke Brockmann scored her first CT goal by converting a PC. She is the first German to score on het CT debut since Anke Kühn in 2004.
> Celine Wilde scored 3-1. She has now scored all 3 of her CT goals against Asian opposition netting twice against China in 2011 and now once against Korea.
> Lisa Hahn’s 36-minute goal marked the fastest goal for Germany in Champions Trophy history after half-time.
> Germany converted 1 of 4 penalty corners awarded.
> Korea did not get any penalty corners in today’s match.
Match Preview 3. Germany - Korea (January 28th, 5:30pm)
> This will be the 10th CT encounter between Germany and Korea. Germany have won 6 of the previous 9, including the last 4. (6W-1D-2L).
> Korea’s last CT result vs Germany came in 1995 when they beat Germany 2-1.
> Their last Champions Trophy encounters dates back to 2005, when Germany beat Korea 2-1 in the pool phase and 5-1 in the Final 5-6. This was also Germany’s last win over Korea in all competitions.
> Korea are unbeaten in their last 5 matches against Germany in all competitions. They beat Germany 3 times in November 2007 in Seoul and drew with Germany in July 2008 (2-2) in Bremen and in June 2011 in Berlin (3-3).
> Germany are ranked 3rd on the FIH World Ranking.
> Germany had a disappointing Champions Trophy campaign in 2011, finishing at the bottom of the rankings for the first time in the history of the tournament.
> The team rebounded to finish second at the 2011 EuroHockey Nations Championships and secure its place in London for the Olympic Games.
> Germany finished third the last time the Champions Trophy was held in Argentina, in Quilmes in 2007.
> Germany have won only one of their last 5 Champions Trophy matches, losing 4.
> Germany have won 9 of their last 10 CT matches against Asian opposition (CHN, KOR and JPN), their only defeat being the 5-3 loss against China in the Final 7-8 at Amstelveen 2011.
> At an average age of 28 years and 181 days, the German squad is the oldest team present at Rosario 2012.
> Goalkeeper Yvonne Frank, defender Julia Müller and forward Natascha Keller were all selected in the FIH 2011 Women’s All Star team.
> Korea are ranked 8th on the FIH World Ranking.
> Korea finished fourth in last year’s CT, despite only winning one of its six matches at the tournament. It marked their best result in the competition since finishing fourth in 1997.
> In 1989 Korea won the Champions Trophy in Frankfurt am Main. At Mar del Plata in 1995, they claimed silver losing the final to Australia after penalty strokes.
> Korea are winless is their last 7 CT encounters with European opposition (2 draws – 5 defeats) since beating England 2-1 at Sydney 2003.
> Korea won the 4 Nations tournament, held in Cordoba prior to the 2012 Champions Trophy. Korea beat Great Britain 3-2 in the final. Argentina finished third, New Zealand fourth.
> Midfielder Kim Da-Rae was selected in the FIH 2011 Women’s All Star team.