|July 4th, 2013|
|15||Quarterfinal||9:30pm||GER - MAS||6 - 0 (6 - 0)||Final||x 21|
Germany - Malaysia 6-0 (6-0)
Olympic champions Germany joined England as qualifiers for next year’s Rabobank hockey World Cup thanks to a dazzling display against host nation Malaysia in the hockey World League Semi Final tournament in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. A noisy and intensely passionate capacity crowd of 3500 people witnessed a master-class in attacking hockey from the world number 1 ranked team, powering to a 6-0 win with all of the goals coming in the first half.
The result completed the line up for the Semi Finals with Germany setting up a meeting with Korea, who defeated Pakistan earlier in the day. The other Semi Final will be contested between England and Argentina, with both matches taking place on Saturday 6th July.
By reaching the Semi Finals, Germany ensured that they could not finish any lower than fourth place at the event in Johor. At least one of the two fourth placed teams in the Hockey World League Semi Final stage now guaranteed a place at World Cup. With Germany’s World Ranking (1) being higher than that of New Zealand (6) - who finished fourth at the HWL Semi Final in Rotterdam – their safe place at the World Cup is assured. It is worth noting that there is still a very real possibility that a fifth place finish here in Johor could result in a berth at the World Cup, ensuring the host nation still has everything to play for.
Germany were simply sensational in the first half, ripping through the Malaysian defence at will to net six goals in just 18 minutes. Christopher Zeller scored the first with a lucky penalty corner routine before Linus Butt and Moritz Polk scored goals in the eighth minute to take the score to 3-0. Zeller added fourth goal with a blistering penalty corner flick, before the game was effectively wrapped up by strikes from 2012 FIH Player of the Year Moritz Fuerste and Thilo Stralkowski.
Malaysia were a much improved outfit in the second half and put on a fine performance for their hugely passionate home fans. However, Germany were simply too good on the day and showed exactly why they are the top ranked men’s team in international hockey.
|July 04th, 2013 at 8:41 am||JOHOR: Germany v Malaysia is underway. Live stream here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rntK95RnwDA . Soak up the atmosphere, and retweet!|
|July 04th, 2013 at 8:41 am||JOHOR: Germany v Malaysia is underway. Live stream here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rntK95RnwDA Soak up the atmosphere, retweet!|
|July 04th, 2013 at 8:42 am||JOHOR: GER 1-0 MAS - Germany take the lead inside five minutes, with Christopher Zeller getting lucky with a penalty corner variation|
|July 04th, 2013 at 8:45 am||JOHOR: GER 2-0 MAS - 8mins: Linus Butt makes it 2-0 with a slick PC routine. Germany are showing their class here.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 8:48 am||JOHOR: GER 3-0 MAS - 10mins: Wow - Germany are racing away. That is a third, and it looks like an own goal from here.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 8:50 am||JOHOR: GER 4-0 MAS - 12mins: Unbelievable stuff from Germany. Christopher Zeller rockets a PC into the top corner.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 8:56 am||JOHOR: GER 6-0 MAS - Another two goals for Germany, with Fuerste and Stralkowski getting in on the act. Stunning.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 9:07 am||JOHOR: GER 6-0 MAS - 28min - Almost a seventh for Germany, with Moritz Fuerste hitting the crossbar.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 9:09 am||JOHOR: GER 6-0 MAS - 28min - Despite the heavy scoreline, the fans continue to sing their hearts out. #passion|
|July 04th, 2013 at 9:10 am||JOHOR: GER 6-0 MAS - 32min - A huge roar from the crowd as Malaysia win a penalty corner. Can they convert it?|
|July 04th, 2013 at 9:11 am||JOHOR: GER 6-0 MAS - 32min - So close! The PC is almost put over the line, but Max Mueller makes a brilliant clearance.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 9:32 am||JOHOR: GER 6-0 MAS - 45mins. Malaysia are looking a much brighter prospect in the 2nd half, much to the joy of the home fans|
|July 04th, 2013 at 9:42 am||JOHOR: GER 6-0 MAS - 53mins. Chua Boon Huat smashes a backhand shot at goal, but Germany sub keeper Reuss makes the block|
|July 04th, 2013 at 9:44 am||JOHOR: GER 6-0 MAS - 55mins. Germany win a penalty corner, but Malaysia deny the Olympic champions a seventh goal.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 9:59 am||JOHOR: GER 6-0 MAS - FULL TIME. Germany win the match 6-0, not adding any further goals to their first half tally.|
|July 04th, 2013 at 9:59 am||JOHOR: GER 6-0 MAS - FULL TIME. The win means that Germany qualify for the 2014 Rabobank World Cup ...|
|July 04th, 2013 at 10:01 am||JOHOR: GER 6-0 MAS. GER cannot finish worse than 4th now, and with one of the two 4th place teams from the HWL Semis going through...|
|July 04th, 2013 at 10:01 am||JOHOR: GER 6-0 MAS. .... GER's superior ranking over New Zealand sees them through. Congratulations to them.|