45 goals were scored in all six matches so far which represents an average of 7.5 goals per game. The actual record was set 2003 in Amstelveen with 6.95 goals per game. Australia are top of the table after beating Netherlands 6-3, followed by Germany who defeated New Zealand 5-2. England and Spain drew 3-3.
Monday is a rest day, on Tuesday Australia play England, New Zealand face the Netherlands and Germany compete against Spain.
Germany beat New Zealand in Sunday's first match
Germany celebrated their second victory at the ABN AMRO FIH Champions Trophy and are the leaders of the table for now.
New Zealand seemed to have recovered from yesterday’s loss against Australia. They played much more confidently although the German team had the better chances. Youngster Florian FUCHS won their first penalty corner after a few seconds but Jan-Marco MONTAG was unsuccessful. It lasted 19 until Germany took the lead. The hosts won their fifth penalty corner when MONTAG was not on the field. A clever variation saw FÜRSTE hook up with Christoph MENKE who waited at the far post. MENKE tipped it in and scored his second goal in his CT career. Four minutes later Florian WOESCH scored his first CT goal when he smashed the ball into the bottom left corner after a poor clearance by goalie Kyle PONTIFEX.
New Zealand put pressure on Germany at the beginning of the second half. Nicholas WILSON cut the lead in half with a great reverse stick goal. But Martin HÄNER struck back immediately; he converted Germany’s seventh penalty corner. Florian FUCHS’s 4-1 secured the second win of the Olympic Gold Medallists.
NZL v GER 2-5 (0-2)
0-1 19’ Christoph MENKE (PC)
0-2 22’ Florian WOESCH (FG)
1-2 46’ Nicholas WILSON (FG)
1-3 48’ Martin HÄNER (PC)
1-4 53’ Florian FUCHS (FG)
2-4 65’ Simon CHILD (FG)
2-5 67’ Moritz FÜRSTE (FG)
Kookaburras defeat Netherlands thanks to a great finish
Australia beat the Netherlands in a high-level match with 6-3. The lead changed from time to time but Australia secured the victory courtesy of three goals in the last six minutes.
This great encounter was a very competitive one: the World Cup Winners from Australia took the early lead when Jamie DWYER scored with a great reverse stick shot. Just a few minutes later Russell FORD missed to increase the lead. In the middle of the second half the Netherlands put Australia under pressure and tried to give them as less space as possible. The Dutch would have deserved the equaliser because they created good opportunities but were not able to benefit from them. Mink van der WEERDEN had the biggest chance to equalise but his penalty stroke was nicely saved by Nathan BURGERS.
The Dutch equalised in the 42nd minute when Rogier HOFMAN received a deflection in the circle and shot immediately. Only three minutes later Luke DOERNER brought Australia back in front but the lead did not last long. Dutch veteran Teun de NOOIJER linked well with Robbert KEMPERMAN and finished the attack with the 2-2 equaliser. Van der WEERDEN gave the Dutch the lead the first time after converting a penalty corner. His flick was deflected by an Australian defender and goalie BURGERS had no chance. From now on Australia played very enthusiastically and gained the equaliser. A draw would have been a fair result but Australia were not done. Jason WILSON, Jamie DWYER and Russell FORD turned the draw into a 6-3 victory within six minutes.
NED v AUS 3-6 (0-1)
0-1 (5’) Jamie DWYER (FG)
1-1 (42’) Rogier HOFMAN (FG)
1-2 (45’) Luke DOERNER (PC)
2-2 (48’) Teun DE NOOIJER
3-2 (54’) Mink van der WEERDEN (PC)
3-3 (63’) Desmond ABBOTT (FG)
3-4 (64’) Jason WILSON (FG)
3-5 (67’) Jamie DWYER (FG)
3-6 (69’) Russell FORD (FG)
England drew with Spain after being 2-0 in front
England gave away a 2-0 lead in the last match of this day. Both of them achieved their first points in this competition.
Both teams lost their opening matches yesterday and competed for their first points in this Champions Trophy. England had the better start and took the lead through captain Glenn KIRKHAM. Only two minutes later Iain MACKAY deflected a pass coming from Rob MOORE into the goal making him the 500th goal scorer in Champions Trophy history. In the first half there was not much to see of Spain, who seemed frustrated that not much went their way. England were more likely to bring the score to 3-0 than Spain to 1-2.
A converted penalty corner brought hopes back to Spain in the 52nd minute. Now they played more confidently and deserved the equaliser two minutes later. England were not shocked at all and scored the 3-2 immediately afterwards. A high ball in the circle coming from Ashley JACKSON was deflected by MACKAY. Spain used their video referral but the goal was allowed. The Olympic Silver Medallists replied in 63rd minute when Gabriel DABANCH’s backhand stroke found its way into the goal. This was a fantastic action because he scored facing away from the goal. At the end the draw was a fair result; England were the better team in the first half but were not able to avoid the comeback by Spain.
ESP v ENG 3-3 (0-2)
1-0 (3’) Glenn KIRKHAM (FG)
2-0 (5’) Iain MACKAY (FG)
2-1 (50’) Pau QUEMADA (PC)
2-2 (54’) Miquel DELAS (PC)
2-3 (54’) Iain MACKAY (FG)
3-3 (64’) Gabriel DABANCH (FG)
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