|August 4th, 2012|
|24||Pool B||9:15pm||GER - ARG||1 - 3 (0 - 2)||Final|
Argentina all but eliminated Germany while propelling themselves to the top of Pool B on goal difference with a display of elegance and power. First half goals from Sofia Maccari and Luciana Aymar put them on track before Nina Hasselman’s scrambled effort could have made for a nervy close three minutes from time. But Rocio Sanchez Moccia killed off any such thoughts within 30 seconds as she danced around Yvonne Frank and nailed the sealing goal.
From the start, Germany had shown a nervous edge early on, making a series of uncharacteristic mistakes when passing around the back four. From one such loose pass, Argentina prospered, firing a cross that looked innocuous enough initially until Katharina Otte miscontrolled, under pressure from Sanchez Moccia. The ball slipped through Yvonne Frank’s legs where Sofia Maccari gleefully smacked into an open goal for 1-0.
The South Americans duly earned four penalty corners, the last of which was beautifully finished by Luciana Aymar, using the same trick that worked against South Africa on the opening day of the tournament, flipping the ball over the number two runner’s stick and short-hand hitting home.
Germany’s openings were fleeting, creating panic in the opposition but never true shooting moments bar Julia Muller’s flashing drive from a corner which went too high. As the second half wore on and their situation became more desperate, they eventually found some rhythm as Jennifer Plass, Kristina Hillman and Lisa Hahn went close in the final quarter.
Their lifeline came from a corner four minutes from time as the ball bounced around Florencia Mutio’s pads before Hasselman eventually poked home. But it was a lifeline of brief hope due to Sanchez Moccia’s delightful clincher.
Silvina D'ELIA (ARG), on Argentina's performance: "We are quite happy because we were quite solid in defence; we only gave them two penalty corners. In the first half we dominated very much but we expected that the Germans would try in the second half to score."
On the importance of finishing top of pool B: "We don't really have a preferred position; we don't really care who we face. We just need to face the Australia match just with our game; we're not really worried about our position (in the pool)."
Natascha KELLER (GER), on playing against Argentina in her first Olympics in 1996 and then again in her fifth at London 2012: "I didn't realise that my first Olympics was against Argentina. It's so long ago. In fact, I played against them in 1995 when I was 18 in the champions trophy. I like playing against Argentina, I like their style and I like their spectators. I often play in Argentina itself. It is my favourite place to play. Unfortunately they beat us today."
On the difference in Germany's play in the second half and the approach they will take to their game against New Zealand: "We knew we had just 35 minutes to do something so we went all out. We knew we had to work harder, do more. We didn't play any different, we had no special plans. We hoped and we tried very hard, but it wasn't to be. We have got to beat New Zealand to stay in. We are going to think about how we will play and work hard."
Carlos RETEGUI (ARG) - coach, on playing well against the world No.3 ranked team: "I believe we played very well, spectacularly. We must congratulate the girls on their performance, especially against such a difficult rival."
Michael BEHRMANN (GER) - coach, on why Germany lost: "We are disappointed about the final result. I think we had some good chances to score goals in the middle of the first half until the end of the second half. We didn't get the goal early enough, so we have to congratulate the Argentina team on the win. Maybe we were a little nervous at the beginning but I think after 15 or 20 minutes we did it better and put pressure on the Argentina team. We had chances to score but we didn't do that so well."
|August 04th, 2012 at 3:08 pm||Just seven minutes away from tip off for a huge game between Germany and Argentina|
|August 04th, 2012 at 3:08 pm||Umpires for Germany vs Argentina are J Ashton-Lucy (AUS) and C Soma (JPN)|
|August 04th, 2012 at 3:09 pm||Both sides are on six points going into this tie; Australia and New Zealand are both on nine so this is must-win for both sides|
|August 04th, 2012 at 3:10 pm||Maike Stoeckel has just been presented with a bouquet for her 200th international cap on a cool, dryish night here in London|
|August 04th, 2012 at 3:20 pm||Argentina pushing hard in the early phases as Germany making some uncharacteristic, nervy mistakes, 0-0, 5mins|
|August 04th, 2012 at 3:29 pm||Maccari makes it 1-0 to Argentina with a scrappy goal as Germany implode, comedy of errors, 13mins|
|August 04th, 2012 at 3:31 pm||More bad news for Germany as Schuetze gets a green card, GER 0 ARG 1, 16mins|
|August 04th, 2012 at 3:34 pm||From a series of corners, Aymar scuffs a follow-up shot wide, missing out on a chance to double the lead, GER 0 ARG 1, 19mins|
|August 04th, 2012 at 3:44 pm||Aymar makes it 2-0 with a repeat of the impudent pc move that scored against South Africa, ARG 2 GER 0, 28mins|
|August 04th, 2012 at 3:52 pm||Half-time: Germany 0 Argentina 2 (Maccari, Aymar) - Argentina well on top in this one, Germany struggling badly|
|August 04th, 2012 at 4:10 pm||Rinne manages to scramble as Aymar steals another loose German and lays off for Rebecchi, panic stations, GER 0 ARG 2, 45mins|
|August 04th, 2012 at 4:20 pm||Germany force Mutio into a solid save, scrambling low to deny Plass and Hillman close in, GER 0 ARG 2, 55mins|
|August 04th, 2012 at 4:23 pm||Plass has another couple of goes but can't find the target, Germany finding some rhythm now, GER 0 ARG 2, 58mins|
|August 04th, 2012 at 4:34 pm||Hasselman gets one back for Germany from the fourth phase of a penalty corner, scrappy but a lifeline, GER 1 ARG 2, 66mins|
|August 04th, 2012 at 4:35 pm||Lifeline rescinded, it took less than 30 seconds as Sanchez Moccia rounds Frank and hits home, GER 1 ARG 3, 67mins|
|August 04th, 2012 at 4:38 pm||Final score: Argentina 3 (Maccari, Aymar, Sanchez Moccia) Germany 1 (Hasselman), Argentina now on top of the group!|