Late goals by Welten and Agliotti make Netherlands win
Pool A – Netherlands 3-1 China
After a goalless first half the Dutch defeat China thanks to two late goals scored by Lidewij Welten and Marilyn Agliotti. It was their 7th victory over China in their 12th CT encounter.
It took the Olympic Champions from the Netherlands just over three minutes to win their first penalty corner. Dutch specialist Maartje Paumen took responsibility but her attempt was saved by the Chinese goalkeeper Zhang Lei. Just three minutes later China penetrated dangerously in the Dutch circle winning their first penalty corner which they missed.
Both teams failed to create serious opportunities from open play in the first half. The Olympic Champions had more ball possession during the first 35 minutes but couldn't put themselves on the scoreboard. They failed to score from six penalty corners in total. Paumen was denied four times, Eva de Goede and Kim Lammers once. The counter-attacking Chinese managed to break through the Dutch defense a couple of times but couldn’t test the Dutch goalkeeper Joyce Sombroek to her limit. Last CT encounter between these teams with no goals in the 1st half was in 2009, when the Dutch won 1-0 goal through a PC goal by Marilyn Agliotti.
The second half started off with a great attack by the Dutch. Lidewij Welten (37’) won possession near the circle line and shot immediately. Lammers jumped out of the way which seemed to have irritated Chinese goalie Zhang. It was Welten’s second CT career goal which gave her team the lead. The Olympic silver medallists from China struck back through their CT all-time top scorer Ma Yibo (46’) who converted China’s fourth penalty corner in the match. “We played very well although the Netherlands were the better team”, Ma Yibo said.
Play got hectic afterwards as China had a period of dominance. They put the Dutch under pressure in their own half but did not win any penalty corners. The Dutch took the lead by another goal from Welten (64') which came out of the blue. From now on the European Champions were full of self-confidence. Marilyn Agliotti (69’) finished another Dutch attack securing the third successive win in a CT opening match. Paumen said: “It’s always good to win the opening match." Coach Max Caldas added: “We played a very good match because we scored three goals. China are difficult to play. We hope that we can improve during the tournament.”
Match Review 1. Netherlands – China 3-1
> The Dutch win their opening match at a CT tournament for the third time in a row.
> Netherlands have now won 5 successive CT matches against China.
> Lidewij Welten scored twice to lift her CT career total to 3 goals. Her first goal came in 2011 in 3-0 win over Australia.
> China's all-time top scorer in CT competition Ma Yibo scored her 19 CT career goal. All of Ma Yibo's Champions Trophy goals came from penalty corners.
> Ma Yibo has now equalled with Alejandra Gulla (ARG) and Natascha Keller (GER) on the all-time top scorer table.
> Only four players have scored more CT goals Nadine Ernsting-Krienke (22), Maartje Paumen (21), Jackie Pereira (21), Noel Barrionuevo (20) and Soledad Garcia (20). Keller and Barrionuevo still have to play later today.
> Marilyn Agliotti scored her 5th CT goal against Asian opposition, equalling Kim Lammers as Dutch CT top scorer vs Asian teams.
> Netherlands failed to convert 6 penalty corners awarded.
> China converted 1 of 4 PC’s awarded in this match.
Match Preview 1. Netherlands - China (January 28th, 12:30pm)
> Netherland have taken on China 11 times before in Champions Trophy competition, winning 6, drawing 4 and losing 1.
> The Dutch have won their 4 successive C T encounters with China since drawing 1-1 in 2006.
> China’s sole CT win over the Netherlands came in 2003 when Gao Lihua handed China a 1-0 victory.
> Their last meetings date back to 2010. In January-February 2010 the Dutch beat China 6-2 and 3-0 in a Tri Nations Tournament in San Diego.
> In June 2010 Netherlands beat China 3-2 at the Rabo Trophy and in July they won 2-1 in the Champions Trophy.
> Maartje Paumen has scored 5 of Holland’s 14 goals against China in 2010.
> Netherlands participate for the 19th time in a CT tournament breaking the record for most participations, which was jointly held with Australia. The Dutch only missed out on the Mar del Plata tournament in 1995.
> Netherlands are top of the World Ranking leading Argentina by a margin of only 33 points (2063 vs 2030 points).
> Defending champions Netherlands are a record breaking 7th Champions Trophy title. They are now tied on 6 gold medals with Australia.
> The Dutch have won a medal in the last 14 Champions Trophy editions. They have finished in the top 3 in 17 of their 18 previous CT participations.
> The Dutch are the reigning European champions, Olympic champions and Champions Trophy champions.
> Kim Lammers, Maartje Paumen and Luciana Aymar aim to collect their fifth CT gold medal to equal the record shared by Australia’s Rechelle Hawkes and Juliet Haslam.
> Maartje Paumen needs 1 more goal to equal Germany’s Nadine Ernsting-Krienke as all-time Champions Trophy top scorer on 22 goals.
> Paumen has scored 2 of her total of 21 CT goals against China.
> Paumen is on 19 PC goals in CT competition. The CT record is 20 by Argentina’s Noel Barrionuevo. China’s Ma Yibo is third on 18 PC career goals in CT competition.
> Kim Lammers is Holland’s top scorer in CT match against Asian teams on 5 goals. Maartje Paumen and Marilyn Agliotti are on 4 goals against Asian opposition in CT competition.
> Kim Lammers scored her first CT goal in a match against China in 2004 (2-0 win).
> Marilyn Agliotti scored 4 of her 11 CT career goals in matches against China. Only Argentina’s Alejandra Gulla has scored more CT goals against China.
> Joyce Sombroek, Willemijn Bos and Maartje Paumen were all selected in the FIH 2011 Women’s All Star team.
> Kitty van Male can make her Champions Trophy debut.
> Netherlands are the least experiences squads in terms of international matches played by the players. However the players in the current Dutch squad have scored 60 CT goals, a number only bettered by Germany (69) and Argentina (61).
> China are the highest ranked Asian team on the world ranking in fifth place. China dropped from 4th to 5th in 2011. Fifth place is their lowest rank since 2007
> China make their fifth successive CT appearance and their 12th in total.
> China have failed to win a medal in their last 4 CT participations. Their last CT medal dates back to 2006 when they claimed silver losing 3-2 to Germany in the final.
> Since wining silver in 2006, China have dropped a spot every year finishing 4th in 2008, 5th in 2009, 6th in 2010 and 7th in 2011.
> China are the 2010 Asian Games Champions.
> Fu Baorong (15 CT goals) needs three more goals to equal Ma Yibo (18 goals) as China’s all-time top scorer in CT competition.
> All of Ma Yibo’s 18 Champions Trophy goals came from penalty corners.
> Three players in the squad can make their Champions Trophy debut: Liang Meiyu, Li Dongxiao and Zhang Lei.
> China’s Gao Lihua holds the record for most cards shown in Champions Trophy history. In 48 CT matches Gao received a total of 9 cards (3 yellow and 6 green). Argentina’s Luciana Aymar in on 8 cards (1yellow – 7 green).