|December 1st, 2012|
|2||Pool A||12:30pm||GER - NZL||3 - 2 (3 - 0)||Final|
Germany – New Zealand 3-2 (3-0 halftime)
World #1 and Olympic champion Germany had its hand full in the second half, but ultimately survived a scare against New Zealand in a 3-2 win. The Germans came to Australia with young squad full of new faces, and the inexperience caused them some tense moments late in the game as New Zealand applied heavy pressure. But ultimately, the 3-0 lead that the Germans built in the first half was enough to weather the New Zealand storm.
Germany took the quick 1-0 lead after being awarded a penalty corner just 24 seconds into action. Tobias Matania easily converted the chance, giving the Germanys the early advantage. The lead doubled 20 minutes later when 18 year-old Jan Christopher Ruehr had a dream start to his international career, scoring on a breakaway to net his first goal in a German jersey. Oliver Korn slammed in the 3-0 goal less than two minutes later in the first-half Germany show.
After a quiet start to the second half, New Zealand broke onto the scoreboard on its first penalty corner chance of the game when Matt L’Huilier converted the chance with 14 minutes left in the game. The Black Sticks had the chance to pull within one just a few minutes later, but failed to capitalize on its second penalty corner opportunity but Nicolas Jacobi came up with a big save to keep the two-goal lead. New Zealand poured on the pressure in the late stages of the game, but Jacobi was the man of the hour and kept the Germans in the lead.
Nicholas Wilson pulled the Black Sticks to within one with five minutes left in regulation with a breakaway field goal, making for a dramatic conclusion. But the first half-deficit proved to be too much for New Zealand to overcome as Germany hung on for the 3-2 win.
|November 30th, 2012 at 8:29 pm||Second half is underway here in sunny Melbourne as Germany is turning up the heat on New Zealand.|
|November 30th, 2012 at 8:43 pm||After 20 minutes of play in the second half, score still sits at 3-0 -- not a lot of chances on either side.|
|November 30th, 2012 at 8:47 pm||New Zealand gets on the board with a penalty corner goal with 14 to go in the game.|
|November 30th, 2012 at 8:51 pm||The Black Sticks have a chance to pull to within one, but GER makes the save on the pc chance. Score 3-1 for GER with 12 to go.|
|November 30th, 2012 at 8:58 pm||We've got ourselves a game -- New Zealand pulls to within one with five to go in the game. Nicholas Wilson nets the field goal.|
|November 30th, 2012 at 9:04 pm||Germany holds on for the 3-2 win against New Zealand after a thrilling last five minutes|