|December 2nd, 2012|
|6||Pool A||2:30pm||ENG - GER||4 - 1 (0 - 0)||Final|
After suffering a surprising loss against India yesterday, #4 England was looking for redemption today against World #1 Germany and got it with a clear 4-1 victory. It was the first-ever win for England against Germany at the Champions Trophy. Previously Germany had won 15 games and four meetings ended in a draw.
The gamehad it all. Not one, but two, own-goals, end-to-end action and even a rare red card as the two young teams were eager to usher in a new generation for both national teams.
England wasted no time setting the tone, scoring two field goals in the first nine minutes. Adam Dixon netted just his third international goal to open the striking six minutes into action and Harry Martin followed up four minutes later by finishing off a well-executed breakout.
England continued to look strong, but the Germans had a piece of luck when the English scored an own goal when the ball was deflected in off the stick of Richard Smith to give Germany a glimmer of hope and cut the lead in half. But lady luck laughed in the face of the Germans in the last two minutes of the half when they scored an own goal to give England a 3-1 lead. Henry Weir shot the ball, but it ultimately went in off Mats Grambusch.
After the screwball first half, things settled down, for at least a little while. Germany desperately made a bid to cut into the England lead, but their efforts fell short. Tempers started to flare as there was no love lost between the squads. In total, nine cards were issued in the game, including four green, four yellows and a red. Niklas Grell was sent off with 15 minutes left with a double yellow card (red), leaving the Germans shorthanded and down by two goals and ultimately killing any thoughts of a late comeback.
England poured a little salt on the German wound, when Darren Cheesman scored a late goal to bring the final to 4-1.
Notes: The game was the 200th cap for German captain Moritz Fuerste, who has won two Olympic gold medals with Team Germany and is one of only three players in Melbourne that was on the golden team in London.
|December 01st, 2012 at 9:37 pm||And we're seconds from the start of Pool A action in Melbourne. England 0-1 takes on Germany 1-0.|
|December 01st, 2012 at 9:45 pm||Six minutes in and England shoots in the 1-0 goal when Adam Dixon scores his 3rd international goal.|
|December 01st, 2012 at 9:49 pm||England setting the tone against the young German team -- lead is doubled when Harry Martin scores 10 minutes in.|
|December 01st, 2012 at 9:53 pm||Germany has a piece of luck when England scores an own goal, cutting the lead in half. Score 2-1 just 15 minutes in.|
|December 01st, 2012 at 10:13 pm||Karma strikes back -- Germany scores and own goal and England climbs ahead 3-1 in the last 2 minutes of the half|
|December 01st, 2012 at 10:16 pm||England takes the 3-1 lead into the break against Germany after a wacky 35 minutes of hockey|
|December 01st, 2012 at 10:32 pm||10 minutes into the second half and things have settled down a bit. England looks well in control of this one with the 3-1 lead|
|December 01st, 2012 at 10:51 pm||Grell sent off with 15 minutes left in the game with a double yellow -- which is red. Germany in a tough spot.|
|December 01st, 2012 at 10:52 pm||England takes jumps on the man advantage and puts in the 4-1 goal|
|December 01st, 2012 at 11:00 pm||And England earns its first points at this year's CT with a clear 4-1 win against Germany. Pool A is wide open|