|February 4th, 2012|
|20||SF||5:30pm||GBR - GER||2 - 0 (1 - 0)||Final||x 5|
Great Britain qualify for Sunday’s final
1st Semi Final – GBR 2-0 GER
The 4th Champions Trophy encounter between Great Britain and Germany took place under great heat in Rosario. Because temperature got higher than 36 degrees Celsius in the team bench area the first half was interrupted for two minutes to give the players an opportunity to refresh. The 36 degree temperature is being used as it is less than normal body heat and as such, any higher temperature may compromise the body’s ability to cool.
The crowd did not witness high pace during the first half as the heat was a real challenge for everybody on the pitch. However, Alex Danson (4’) created the first promising opportunity in this match when she penetrated the circle from the left but German goalkeeper Yvonne Frank was well positioned to make the save. Soon after Great Britain’s Georgie Twigg fell heavily over German defender Mandy Haase’s stick and needed some medical treatment but she was back on the field later on.
Although Great Britain stayed the dominant side, German key players Haase, team-captain Fanny Rinne, Julia Müller and Nina Hasselmann marshalled the defence to stay strong. After Danson (12’) was tackled by Rinne and Hasselmann Great Britain won their first penalty corner. Frank was able to save Kate Walsh’s attempt but was defeated by Sarah Thomas (13’) who converted the rebound. Great Britain had a few more promising attacks in the first half while Germany struggled to penetrate the British circle. The 1-0 halftime lead gave Great Britain confidence as they were unbeaten in nine Champions Trophy matches in which they have scored the opening goal, recording eight wins and one draw.
As soon as the second half had started injector Ashleigh Ball (39’) doubled the lead after she deflected the ball into the goal at Great Britain’s second penalty corner. Afterwards goalkeeper Frank kept Germany in the game making some terrific saves. Great Britain were short in numbers after the umpires had awarded a yellow card to Helen Richardson. This allowed Germany a little more space to attack, however, Great Britain’s defence was very organised and Germany could not take advantage. They substituted their goalkeeper with six minutes to go but the first defeat against Great Britain in Champions Trophy history could not be avoided. The British goalkeeper Beth Storry had kept a clean sheet for the second time in this competition.
All-time record player Natascha Keller was honored by FIH president Leandro Negre before the match. The 34 year-old is the first woman who has ever played more than 400 international matches (including indoor appearances).
Match Review 20. Great Britain – Germany 2-0
> Great Britain reach the final of a world level event for the first time in hockey history. Their best result so far at a world level event (CT, WC, OG) was winning a bronze medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
> Germany will feature in a third place play-off for a record 7th time in CT history. They have won 3 and lost 3 of the previous 6.
> The loser of the Argentina - Netherlands semifinal will also reach the Final 3-4 for the 7th time.
> This marked GB’s first CT victory over Germany in 4 CT matches against them.
> GB converted 1 of 2 penalty corners awarded in this match and are now on 8 from 19 at Rosario 2012 (42%).
> Germany were not awarded a single penalty corner in this match. Their penalty corner success rate at Rosario remains on 5 for 19 (26%).
> GB have the tightest defence at Rosario 2012 having conceded only 4 goals in 5 matches.
> Beth Storry has now kept two clean sheets at Rosario 2012 (vs JPN and GER). The only other goalkeeper with a clean sheet so far is Holland’s Joyce Sombroek (vs NZL).
Match Preview 20. Great Britain – Germany (February 4th, 5:30pm)
> GB and Germany face each other for the first time since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing when Germany beat GB 5-1, goals scored by Fanny Rinne (2), Eileen Hoffmann (2), Marion Rodewald and Crista Cullen for GB.
> Germany are unbeaten in 3 CT encounters with GB, winning 2-0 in 1989, drawing 2-2 in 1993 and winning 3-0 at the 1997 CT in Berlin with Natascha Keller scoring the opening goal.
> GB have reached the last 4 of a CT tournament for the 2nd time in 5 CT participations. In 1989, GB finished 4th.
> England are currently ranked 4th on the FIH World Ranking.
> GB converted 2 of 5 penalty corners in this match and are now on 7 from 18 at Rosario 2012 (39%).
> GB have now seen three different players score from penalty corners at Rosario 2012 - Cullen (5), Twigg (1) and Richardson (1).
> Crista Cullen has scored 5 goals so far this tournament. She leads the goalscorer list after the quarterfinals.
> Cullen is now on a career total of 7 CT goals, leading all other goalscorers for GBR and ENG. Alex Danson and Karen Brown are on 6 goals, Rebecca Herbert and Helen Richardson are on 5.
> Alex Danson (3 goals in Rosario) can break her personal record of 3 goals in a CT edition which dates back to 2010.
> Helen Richardson has scored twice this tournament and Georgie Twigg is on 1 goal.
> Helen Richardson and Alex Danson were selected in the 2011 FIH Women’s All Stars team.
> Germany are in the top 4 of a CT tournament for the first time since 2010 when they were ranked 4th. This is the 14th CT tournament with Germany finishing in the top 4.
> Since Michael Behrmann took over from Markus Weise after the 2006 World Cup Germany have reached one final in world level event, finishing second in the 2008 Champions Trophy.
> If Germany reach the final, their improvement in rank from 8th in 2011 to 1st or 2nd in 2012 will be the biggest ever in CT history. The biggest jump so far has also been made by Germany by finishing 5th in 2004 only to go on and win the CT in 2005.
> So far Germany’s sole title won under Behrmann is the EuroHocey Nations Championship in 2007.
> Germany are on 5 for 19 in terms of penalty corners converted this tournament (26%).
> Germany have conceded 4 PC goals from 14 penalty corners awarded against them (29%).
> Nina Hasselmann and Lisa Hahn are on 3 goals for Germany this tournament. Céline Wilde has scored twice.
> Yvonne Frank, Julia Müller and Natascha Keller were selected in the 2011 FIH Women’s All Stars team.