|June 14th, 2013|
|6||Pool B||3:30pm||GER - NZL||3 - 2 (2 - 0)||Final|
Germany 3-2 New Zealand (2-0 Halftime)
Germany women have moved to the top of Pool B courtesy of an impressive 3-2 victory over New Zealand on day 2 of the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi Final competition in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Goals from Julia Müller, Eileen Hoffmann and Franzisca Hauke ensured that all three points went the way of the European side, who are now firmly in the driving seat to top the Pool.
The Germans made a terrific start to the match, quickly opening up a 2-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes thanks to strikes from team captain Julia Müller and Eileen Hoffman. Müller’s goal came from a superbly executed eighth minute penalty corner conversion, while Hoffmann punished the Black Sticks’ failure to clear their lines with a clinical finish seven minutes later. The Europeans were well worth their two goal lead, and played the majority of the half with great confidence. That said, New Zealand were certainly not without their chances in the first period, with Gemma Flynn going close with a rasping shot into the pads of Germany goalkeeper Barbara Vogel.
The Black Sticks came agonisingly close to pulling a goal back at the start of the second half when the Germany defence buckled under pressure before Katie Glynn saw her goal-bound shot deflect wide of the target. Glynn missed two further goal-scoring opportunities later in the half, before New Zealand coach Mark Hager adopted drastic measures by replacing his goalkeeper with another outfield player. The tactic paid off almost immediately when Charlotte Harrison slammed home in the 66th minute, although Germany re-established their two goal advantage when Franzisca Hauke picked up an overhead pass before sending the ball into an open goal.
New Zealand grabbed another goal in the 70th minute from Kayla Sharland, but it was not enough to deny Germany all three points in the contest.
|June 14th, 2013 at 8:35 am||The women's national teams of Germany and New Zealand are on the field. We'll tweet the goals and significant moments!|
|June 14th, 2013 at 8:38 am||GER 0-0 NZL - 1': Match underway. Both teams were victorious on day 1, so at least one team will lose their 100% win record today|
|June 14th, 2013 at 8:47 am||GER 1-0 NZL - 8': Germany strike first! Team captain Julia Muller nets from a PC. Wonderful start for the Europeans.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 8:55 am||GER 1-0 NZL - 15': Eileen Hoffmann doubles Germany's lead from close range, punishing NZL for failing to clear their lines.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 8:57 am||CORRECTION: GER 2-0 NZL - 15': Eileen Hoffmann doubles Germany's lead from close range, punishing NZL for failing to clear.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 9:11 am||GER 2-0 NZL - 32': Germany have been superb in this game, and are deservedly on top against this hugely talented Black Sticks team.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 9:13 am||GER 2-0 NZL - 35': Half time! It's a fantastic, end-to-end contest, although Germany have definitely had the better of it.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 9:25 am||GER 2-0 NZL - 36': Second half underway. Will the Black Sticks fight their way back into this contest?|
|June 14th, 2013 at 9:30 am||GER 2-0 NZL - 38': NZL's Katie Glynn comes close to grabbing an equaliser, but a GER defender makes a crucial tackle to deny her|
|June 14th, 2013 at 9:40 am||GER 2-0 NZL - 53': Entering the final quarter of the match, and NZL have a mountain to climb. GER really looking strong here.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 9:54 am||GER 2-0 NZL - 63': NZL's Katie Glynn has two good chances to score, but fails to test the keeper. A rarity for the prolific striker|
|June 14th, 2013 at 9:56 am||GER 2-1 NZL - 66': NZL pull a goal back through Charlotte Harrison's close range finish. Are we in for a blockbuster finish?|
|June 14th, 2013 at 9:58 am||GER 3-1 NZL - 67': Germany restore the two goal advantage. Francesca Hauke scores into an unguarded goal|
|June 14th, 2013 at 9:59 am||GER 3-2 NZL - 70': Another goal! Kayla Sharland crashes home with seconds left. is there time for an equaliser?|
|June 14th, 2013 at 10:01 am||GER 3-2 NZL: FULL TIME. It was a grandstand finish to the game, but Germany emerge victorious. Two wins out of two for the Europeans|