|August 2nd, 2012|
|16||Pool B||4:00pm||RSA - GER||0 - 2 (0 - 1)||Final|
Germany earned their second win of the competition against a South African team that tried very hard, but could not convert the many chances they created.
Germany dominated the early stages of the match and had three penalty-corners in a row. Fanny Rinne hit the crossbar once but the other two attempts were well blocked by the South African runners. South Africa had a few counter-attacks, mostly through Marsha Marescia on the left, but could not penetrate dangerously in the German 25m.
Play became bogged down in midfield, with scarce circle action and little entertainment for the near capacity crowd. Shelley Russell and Sulette Damons combined well on the right wing to produce a golden opportunity for Jennifer Wilson arriving fast in the circle but she could not reach the crossed ball despite a spectacular dive. It was finally Marie Mävers who opened the scoring at the other end for Germany, deflecting from close range an excellent ball driven in the circle by Natascha Keller after a powerful run through the South African defenders.
With not much pace in the match, and unforced errors by both teams, the score did not evolve until half-time, reached with the lone goal for Germany.
South Africa were dangerous at the beginning of second period and Kathleen Taylor could have tied the game when she received the ball alone in front of Yvonne Frank but the German goalkeeper did well to prevent her to shoot. The Germans were on their heels, showing worrying defensive weaknesses, and Pietie Coetzee also had a good chance on goal. Germany somehow survived the storm and earned a penalty corner after a counter-attack. Fanny Rinne was able to run through the defenders and slam the ball in for the second German goal.
South Africa were however not down yet and shook dangerously the German defense a few more times with Jennifer Wilson at the conclusion of a swift counter-attack by Sulette Damons, then by Dirkie Chamberlain who stole a ball between two defenders but could not adjust a shot on target. South Africa also earned a penalty-corner, but Pietie Coetzee’s powerful flick was well handled by Yvonne Frank.
Germany managed to progressively turn the tide around and push the danger away from their circle. They controlled play in the final minutes of the match to earn in lacklustre manner their second win of the competition, leaving South Africa still pointless after three matches.
|August 02nd, 2012 at 9:38 am||Match between South Africa and Germany just about to start at the Riverbank Arena in London|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 9:39 am||Umpires for RSA vs. GER are Elena ESKINA (RUS) and KANG Hyun Young (KOR)|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 9:40 am||RSA have so far two losses to Argentina (1-7) and New Zealand (1-4)|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 9:40 am||GER have so far won against USA (2-1) and lost to Australia (1-3)|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 10:03 am||Green card for Pietie Coetzee (RSA)|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 10:05 am||Good chance for Katharina Otte (GER) with space in the circle but her shot goes wide|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 10:08 am||Three penalty-corners for GER. They hit the crossbar once and the other two were blocked|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 10:17 am||Play stays bogged down in midfield. No dangerous action in either circle, and little excitement for the crowd ...|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 10:24 am||Golden opportunity for Jennifer Wilson in the circle but she could not reach the cross from the right despite a spectacular dive|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 10:27 am||Marie Mävers opens the scoring for GER on an excellent ball in the circle by Natascha Keller. RSA-GER: 0-1 25mn|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 10:36 am||With not much pace in the match, and unforced errors by both teams, score stays RSA-GER: 0-1 at half-time|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 10:46 am||Play has resumed at the Riverbank Arena for the second period between South Africa and Germany|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 10:52 am||South Africa are dangerous at beginning of 2nd period. Kathleen Taylor arrived alone in the circle but German keeper did well|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 10:53 am||Another South African chance by Pietie Coetzee. The Germans are on their heels...|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 10:57 am||Penalty-corner for Germany. Fanny Rinne can run through the defenders and slam the ball in RSA-GER: 0-2 with 25mn to go|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 11:12 am||The South Africans have been dangerous in the last 15 mn. Penalty corner for them but Pietie Coetzee's powerful flick is stopped|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 11:22 am||Yellow card for Marie Mävers (GER)|
|August 02nd, 2012 at 11:25 am||Game is over. RSA-GER 0-2. GER earn their second win of the competition; RSA tried hard but could not convert their chances|