|August 4th, 2013|
|47||Placement 9-10||3:00pm||GER - NZL||1 - 2 (0 - 1)||Final|
New Zealand fought past Germany in the last match on Pitch 2 at the ERGO Hockey Junior World Cup in Mönchengladbach, winning by the narrowest of margins.
Germany v New Zealand 1-2 (0-1)
Motivated by an early goal from Michaela Curtis that gave them a psychological advantage, New Zealand put constant pressure on the German defense and had play confined to the German half of the field for long stretches of time, while Germany struggled to find a way through the ranks of the Kiwis.
The teams headed ino the break with New Zealand one goal ahead, after they were unable to extend their lead despite the superiority in the field, but after the restart, New Zealand immediately pulled further ahead, when Erin goud converted a penalty corner in the 37th minute.
Two goals down, Germany starte to push back harder and their efforts were rewarded six minutes later when team captain Rebecca Grote scored a goal from open play to narrow the gap. For the remainder of the match, Germany pushed for the equalizer. New Zealand held fast however, and didn't allow the Germans many opportunities to score. As the clock ticked down, Germany replaced their goalkeeper with a kicking back, and desperately pushed forward but the final whistle cut their plight short, and the Junior Black Sticks threw their arms in the air in celebration.
New Zealand finish 9th in the tournament, a place both teams coveted after disappointingly being confined to the lower half of the table after finishing third in their respective pools, while the German hosts take 10th place.
|August 04th, 2013 at 8:04 am||It's the last match on Pitch 2 for today: Germany take on New Zealand for 9th place.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 8:08 am||The umpires for the match are Fanneke Alkemade (NED) and Liu Xiaoyang (CHN).|
|August 04th, 2013 at 8:09 am||6th minute, New Zealand take the lead with a goal from Michaela Curtis from open play.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 8:14 am||14 minutes played, New Zealand are putting constant pressure on the German defense. GER 0, NZL 1.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 8:23 am||Play is confined to the German half of the field for long stretches of time, New Zealand currently has the upper hand.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 8:31 am||5 minutes to go in the first half, it's still GER 0, NZL 1. Germany struggle to find a way through the ranks of the Black Sticks.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 8:37 am||Halftime between Germany and New Zealand, it's GER 0, NZL 1.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 8:46 am||It's the second half between GER and NZL, and NZL immediately score: it's Erin Goud for GER 0, NZL 2.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 8:52 am||Germany are pushing back now, and their efforts are rewarded: Rebecca Grote scores for GER 1, NZL 2.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 9:06 am||15 minutes to go between Germany and New Zealand, the score is still GER 1, NZL 2. Can Germany still come back?|
|August 04th, 2013 at 9:13 am||Germany are pushing for the elusive equalizer. There are seven minutes left on the clock... GER 1, NZL 2.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 9:17 am||The clock is ticking down on the 9th place match... 4 minutes and it's GER 1, NZL 2.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 9:18 am||2 minutes left, Germany replace their goalkeeper with a kicking back. GER 1, NZL 2.|
|August 04th, 2013 at 9:21 am||Germany desperately push forward but the final whistle cuts their plight short. NZL end the tournament in 9th place, GER are 10th.|