Germany secured close win over Japan
2nd Quarter Final – GER 3-2 JPN
Germany have won their sixth successive match against Japan although they were close to giving away a convincing 3-0 halftime lead. Japan never gave up but finally could not equalise and now play off for 5th to 8th position. Germany have reached the top four of a Champions Trophy tournament for the first time since 2010 when they were ranked 4th. This is the 14th Champions Trophy with Germany finishing in the top 4.
The Pool B winners started powerfully into this match. Germany’s first attack led to an early penalty corner thanks to key player Natascha Keller. Germany showed the same variation which has succeeded twice against New Zealand. Team-captain Fanny Rinne passed to injector Nina Hasselmann (7’) who scored her third goal in this competition. A few minutes later Keller failed to double the lead when her strong shot went wide. Japan’s first big opportunity was saved by goalkeeper Kristina Reynolds who dived into Shiho Otsuka’s reverse stick shot.
Although Germany stayed the dominant side, Japan were close to equalizing but their shot on goal hit the post. Two minutes before halftime Marie Mävers (33’) doubled the lead scoring her third Champions Trophy career goal, all of them scored against Asian opponents. She net twice in two matches versus China in 2011 and now she scores versus Japan. Nine seconds before halftime Celine Wilde (35’) lifted the score to 3-0 when her deflection went high into the net.
The second half was completely different than the first one. Suddenly Japan were the team who controlled the match and pressured Germany. It did not take long until they changed the result into 3-2 thanks to a double penalty corner strike from Ai Murakami (37’) and Kaori Fujio (44’). Afterwards Germany failed to score from their opportunities which kept Japan in the game. Japan played very aggressively in the last minutes in the game trying to force an equaliser but the German defence marshaled by Rinne stayed very strong and broke up many promising Japanese attacks.
Match Review 16. Germany - Japan 3-2
> Germany qualify for the semifinals. They 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.
> Nina Hasselmann scored her third successive CT goal for Germany. She also netted twice in Germany's 3-1 win over New Zealand.
> Nina Hasselmann joins Lisa Hahn on 3 goals for Germany this tournament. Only GB's Crista Cullen has scored more PC goals (5) than Hasselmann (3) at Rosario 2012. Maartje Paumen is also on 3 PC goals.
> Marie Mävers scored her third CT career goal, all of these were scored against Asian opponents. In 2011she scored twice in two matches vs China.
> Celine Wilde netted her 2nd goal of the tournament. She has now scored against all 3 Asian teams in CT competition, netting twice vs China in 2011 and scoring vs Korea and Japan at Rosario 2012.
> Ai Murakami scored her first ever CT goal by converting Japan's first PC of the match.
> Kaori Fujio (nee Chiba) scored her first CT goal since netting 4 times at the 2008 CT.
> Germany converted 1 of 2 penalty corners in this match and are now on 5 for 19 in terms of penalty corners converted this tournament (26%).
> Japan scored from 2 of 4 penalty corners awarded in this match and are now on 3 for 13 in terms of penalty corners converted this tournament (23%).
> Japan have now conceded 5 PC goals from 11 penalty corners awarded against them (46%).
> Germany have now conceded 4 PC goals from 14 penalty corners awarded against them (29%).
Match Preview 16. Germany - Japan (February 2nd, 3:00pm)
> Germany have won both previous CT encounters with Japan, beating them 1-0 in 2007 (goal Nadine Ernsting-Krienke) and 2-1 in 2008, goals by Natascha Keller, Anke Kühn and Chie Kimura.
> Germany have won all 5 matches they played against Japan since 2008. Japan last beat Germany in November 2007 in a test match in Japan (2-1).
> Their last meeting came at the 2010 World Cup in Rosario, where Germany beat Japan 2-1 goal scored by Ai Murakami, Maike Stöckel, Natascha Keller
> At the 2008 Olympics Germany defeated Japan 1-0 through a Janine Beermann goal.
> Germany have won 2 of 3 matches beating Korea (4-2) and New Zealand (3-1). They lost 4-2 to hosts Argentina.
> Germany and Netherlands have scored most goals in the group phase (9 goals - 5FG and 4 PC).
> Pool B winners Germany conceded 7 goals in the group phase, only Korea (8) and Japan (9) have conceded more.
> Germany are on 4 for 17 in terms of penalty corners converted this tournament (23%).
> Germany have conceded 2 PC goals from 10 penalty corners awarded against them (20%).
> Lisa Hahn is on 3 goals in 3 CT matches. She is the first German player to score in 3 successive CT matches since Natascha Keller in 2010.
> Other German players to have scored in 3 consecutive matches are Nadine Ernsting-Krienke (2007), Britta Becker (2000), again Natascha Keller (1999) and Caren Jungjohann (1989).
> Nina Hasselmann is on 2 (PC) goals at Rosario 2012.
> Natascha Keller (19 CT goals) needs 3 more goals to equal Nadine Ernsting-Krienke (22 goals) as Germany’s all-time top scorer in CT competition.
> 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.
> Germany have won 10 of their last 11 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.
> Japan have lost all three of their Pool A matches and are now on a team record equalling 4-match losing streak in CT competition. They also lost their first four CT matches on the debut in 2007
> Japan have scored only twice in 3 matches at Rosario 2012. Goals scored by Rika Komazawa (PC vs China) and Akane Shibata (FG vs Netherlands).
> Japan are the only team that have failed to score in a pool match at Rosario 2012 (0-3 vs GB).
> Japan have played 2 knock-out matches in CT competition, beating Spain 2-0 in the 2007 Final 5-6 and losing 3-0 to Australia in the 2008 Final 5-6.
> Japan are on 1 for 9 in terms of penalty corners converted this tournament (11%).
> Japan have conceded 4 PC goals from 9 penalty corners awarded against them (44%).
> Japan are the only 2012 CT team that is still to qualify for the Olympic Games in London.
> Japan aim to win their ticket to the Olympics in an Olympic Qualifier in Kakamigahara, Japan from April 25 - May 6.
> Japan are ranked 9th on the FIH Worlds Ranking and are the lowest ranked team present at the 2012 Champions Trophy.