|February 3rd, 2012|
|17||5/8||8:00pm||NZL - CHN||3 - 2 (0 - 1) AET||Final|
Michelsen’s Golden Goal makes New Zealand win
5/8 – NZL 3-2 (AET) CHN
Prior to this match, New Zealand and China had met seven times in Champions Trophy competition, with New Zealand winning their last encounter 4-3 in the 5th place play-off at Nottingham in 2010. China, who came close to defeating World Champions Argentina in Thursday’s Quarter Final, proved that they were determined to claim a berth in the 5th place play-off. They won an early penalty corner which brought a fine save from New Zealand’s goalkeeper Bianca Russell. New Zealand clawed themselves into the game and missed numerous opportunities to take the lead including four wasted penalty corner efforts. Clarissa Eshuis’ attempted flicks were either well defended by onrushing Chinese players or forced off target by goalkeeper Li Dongxiao.
China took the lead thanks to Gao Lihua (24’), a goal which ensured that China went into half time with a 1-0 lead before Song Qingling (41’) doubled the advantage shortly after the break with a well-worked penalty corner variation. An accurate pass was sent back to the injector, with Song producing a calm finish into an unguarded net. New Zealand fought hard but the Chinese defence held the Black Sticks at bay.
Cathryn Finlayson (60’) finally put New Zealand on the score-board when she somehow managed to get a crucial touch on an awkward pass into the goal. The strike needed to be confirmed by the video umpire to ensure that the ball had crossed the line, but the decision went the way of the Black Sticks and they were back in the match. The goal gave New Zealand confidence, who began penetrating the Chinese circle at will. With just three minutes of the match remaining, Finlayson (67’) scored her second goal of the game to force the match into extra time.
China could have won the match in the first period of extra time, but Ma Yibo’s penalty corner effort went wide of the target. Instead it was the team from New Zealand who claimed victory in the match when they won two penalty corners in quick succession, scoring the second. Stacey Michelsen was the goal scorer, with the newly-crowned 2011 FIH Young Player of the Year finding the net in the 77th minute.
Match Review 17. New Zealand – China 3-2
> New Zealand are the first team to come back from 2 goals down to win a CT match since the Netherlands beat Australia 4-3 coming back from 0-2 down in the 2002 play-off for third place.
> 2011 FIH Young Player of the Year Stacey Michelson converted New Zealand’s 1st of 18 penalty corners in this tournament to give them a 3-2 extra time victory over China.
> The only previous PC goal scored in extra time in CT history came in the 2001 third place play-off when Katrina Powell converted for Australia also vs China (2-1).
> The Black Stick now take on Japan in the fifth place play-off on Sunday, as China play Korea for seventh place.
> China play in the Final 7-8 for the second year running. Last year they finished 7th.
> New Zealand were awarded 9 penalty corners in this match. They converted one and are now on 1 for 18 in the tournament.
> Cathryn Finlayson became the first New Zealand player since Jaimee Claxton in 2002 to score 2 goals in a CT match.
> Cathryn Finlayson is now on 3 goals for the tournament, equalling the NZL player record for most goals scored in a CT edition, jointly held by Moira Senior (3 goals in 1999), Charlotte Harrison (2011) and Katie Glynn (2011)
> China converted 1 of 9 penalty corners in this match and are now on 4 for 26 in the tournament (15%).
Match Preview 17. New Zealand – China (February 3rd, 8:00pm)
> New Zealand and China have met 7 times in CT competition with New Zealand only winning their last CT encounter; 4-3 in the 2010 Final 5-6.
> China’s last CT win over New Zealand came also in 2010 in the 1st round (3-1).
> Their last competitive meeting came at the 2010 World Cup in Rosario and saw New Zealand beating China 3-0 in the Final 7-8.
> New Zealand remain winless after 4 matches played at Rosario 2012 on 2 draws and 2 defeats.
> New Zealand and Japan are the only teams that have failed to score in a CT match at Rosario 2012. NZL lost 3-0 to the Netherlands and Japan lost 3-0 to GB.
> New Zealand are on 0 for 9 penalty corners in the tournament. They are the only team that is yet to score from penalty corners.
> New Zealand have conceded 4 of 22 penalty corners awarded to their opponents. No team has seen more penalty corners been awarded against them.
> New Zealand have finished 5th or 6th in 8 of their previous 9 CT tournaments. At the 2011 CT they claimed bronze.
> NZL’s 5 goals so far have been scored by 5 different players: Cathryn Finlayson, Katie Glynn, Samantha Harrison, Anita Punt, Stacey Michelsen.
> Stacey Michelsen (NZL) was named 2011 FIH Young Player of the Year on Thursday.
> Katie Glynn is New Zealand’s all-time top scorer in CT competition on 6 goals. Charlotte Harrison is on 5.
> New Zealand are ranked 6th on the FIH world ranking.
> Since 2008 (11th), the Black Sticks have improved their world ranking every year moving up to 9th in 2009, 7th in 2010 and 6th in 2011.
> Coach Mark Hager has taken the team from 12th to sixth ranked team in the world.
> China and New Zealand have conceded 10 goals so far this tournament. Only Korea and Japan (12 each) have conceded more.
> China have scored 6 goals so far – 3 FG and 3 PC.
> China have been awarded 13 penalty corners so far. Only New Zealand have been awarded less PC at Rosario (9). Japan are also on 13.
> Ma Yibo is China’s top goalscorer so far at Rosario 2012 on 2 (PC) goals. Her CT career total is 20.
> China are the highest ranked Asian team on the world ranking in fifth place. China dropped from 4th to 5th in 2011.
> China have now failed to win a medal in 5 successive 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.
> China’s Gao Lihua and Argentina’s Luciana Aymar share the record for most cards in Champions Trophy history. Gao received a total of 9 cards (3 yellow and 6 green). Argentina’s Luciana Aymar in also on 8 cards (1yellow – 8 green).