Reigning FIH Young Player of the Year Zhao Yudiao scored a brilliant hat-trick to help China grab seventh place at the Rabo FIH Champions Trophy in a thrilling early morning match here in Amstelveen.
A breathtaking, free-flowing game saw China surge into a 4-0 lead thanks to goals from Sun Sinan, two from Zhao and a beauty from Song Qingling. Germany got back to within one goal of their opponents with Marie Mävers, Janine Beermann and Julia Müller contributing, before Zhao completed her hat-trick in the 54th minute to effectively win the game.
The result condemned Germany women to an eighth place finish, their lowest ever ranking in an FIH Champions Trophy event.
Although the early morning match started slowly, it burst into life in the 20th minute when China opened the scoring the 20th minute through Sun Sinan’s low penalty corner flick.
Moments later the team from Asia doubled their advantage through 2010 FIH Young Player of the Year Zhao Yudiao, although Germany were guilty of some pretty slack marking. Zhao received a pass from the left in acres of space, which gave her more than enough time to pick her spot and unleash a reverse stick shot beyond despairing Germany keeper Barbara Vogel.
Zhao put her name on the score-sheet for the second time with ten minutes of the half remaining when she guided a penalty corner strike into the net on the right. Three soon became four thanks to a stunning strike from Song Qingling who fired into the roof of the net from the tightest of angles to give China a 4-0 lead.
Germany were in pieces, but regained their composure to pull a goal back just before half time when Marie Mävers slapped into the net shortly before the break.
Germany made things very interesting shortly after the break with two goals in quick succession, bringing them to within one strike of their opponents. Janine Beermann crashed home a blistering strike from the top of the circle before Julia Müller’s penalty corner strike flew into the net courtesy of a wicked deflection.
Zhao gave China some breathing space once again with third goal of the match, turning inside her marker before firing a tomahawk shot into the roof of the Germany goal.
Germany dominated the last ten minutes of the match and even resorted to bringing on an extra outfield player in place of their goal-keeper. However, they failed to find a way through as China finished their tournament on a high.
Review 21. Final 7-8 Germany vs China (3-5) - Rabo FIH Champions Trophy 2011
> China recorded their first win of the tournament to finish 7th.
> Germany finish bottom of the ranking for the first time. Their lowest rank so far was 5th in 2005.
> China recorded only their 2nd CT win over Germany in 10 CT matches.
> Zhao Yudiao became the first Chinese player ever to score a CT hat-trick and the 2nd player to do so at Amstelveen 2011 after Korea’s Kim Jong-Hee.
> Zhao Yudiao is now top of the goalscoring table on 5 goals, leading Korea’s Kim Jong-Hee (4) and Maartje Paumen (3).
> China have now conceded most goals so far at Amstelveen 2011 (15).
> Germany doubled their goals conceded in this match from 5 to 10.
> China lifted their penalty corner goal tally to 6 PC goals. They finish Amstelveen 2011 on 6 from 19 (32%).
> Germany have converted 3 of 29 penalty corners awarded at Amstelveen 2011 (10%).
> Marie Mävers, Julia Müller and Céline Wilde became Germany’s top goalscorers at Amstelveen 2011 on 2 goals each.
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