Day 3 in Rosario started with Netherlands taking a 4-1 win over Japan to claim top spot in Pool A. Despite defeating China 3-1, Great Britain finished in second place on goal difference. Germany surprised by winning Pool B after beating New Zealand 3-1 while Argentina had to settle for 2nd place in their pool after a 2-2 draw with Korea. The World Champions face China in Thursday’s Quarter Final, while Netherlands play New Zealand, Germany face Japan and Great Britain meet Korea.
Full reports on all the matches can be found below, with extensive tournament information available by clicking here.
Two strikes make Paumen all-time top scorer in Champions Trophy history
Pool A – NED 4-1 JPN
Dutch penalty corner ace Maartje Paumen contributed two goals to Netherlands’s 4-1 win over Japan at the Argentina FIH Champions Trophy. In the process, she becomes the all-time leading scorer in Champions Trophy history on 23 goals. The Netherlands extended their unbeaten streak in Champions Trophy competition to nine matches after defeating Japan in their last match in Pool A. This victory is their longest run without defeat since a nine-match streak between 2006-2008. Having lost all three pool matches in Rosario, Japan finish last in the table.
It took the Dutch not even six minutes to open the scoring. Kim Lammers (6’) picked up a pass coming from Sabine Mol and sored her 2nd goal of the tournament to lift her career to 20 Champions Trophy goals. Two minutes later the Dutch won a penalty corner which was converted by flicker Paumen (8’) scoring her first goal at Rosario 2012 and equaling German Nadine Ernsting-Krienke as all-time top scorer on 22 Champions Trophy goals. After Japan failed to score from three penalty corners, Akane Shibata (32’) finally put her team on the score-board. It was Japan's first goal against the Dutch in Champions Trophy history as well as their first field goal since Kaori Fujio scored in a 3-3 draw versus China in 2008.
Paumen broke the record in the 44th minute when she flicked in the Dutch’s third penalty corner in this match. Afterwards Lammers (61’) collected her 2nd goal to lift her total to three at Rosario 2012. Japan won another three penalty corners towards the end of the match but couldn't convert.
For more information on NED v JPN click here.
Great Britain finish second in Pool A after defeating China
Pool A –CHN 1-3 GBR
Great Britain finish second in their group behind Netherlands on goal difference and will play the 3rd ranked team from Pool B. China finish third and will play Korea in the quarterfinal.
Despite of heavy rainfall Great Britain started off with great pace. Their pressure on China led to an early penalty corner which was converted by specialist Crista Cullen (5’). Her drag flick caught the Chinese goalkeeper Zhang Lei’s pad and deflected into the goal. It was Cullen’s fourth goal in this competition making her top scorer. The 26 year old also breaks a record as she becomes the first player to score more than three goals at a single Champions Trophy tournament for Great Britain. After China’s first promising attack, they used their team-referral because they were convinced that Tung Chunling had touched the ball inside the circle and scored. The video umpire could not make a decision on this. China kept their referral however the score of 0-1 stayed. The end of the first half did not see much action in either the circles.
Great Britain started into the second half with real fire and it was not long before Cullen (42’) put her name on the score sheet again. By converting another penalty corner she broke another record. Being on seven Champions Trophy career goals, she has overtaken staff-member Karen Brown who has scored six Champions Trophy goals in her career. China struck back when Fu Barong scored her first Champions Trophy goal since netting against Argentina in 2010. She is now on a competition total of 16 goals.
Great Britain maintained the pressure as they needed to beat China by at least three goals to top Pool A. Ashley Ball (54’) extended the lead to 3-1 before China created some opportunities but they failed to score from these.
For more information on CHN v GBR click here.
Germany impress with win over New Zealand
Pool B – NZL 1-3 GER
Germany seemed to have recovered well from Sunday’s defeat against Argentina. In their last pool match against New Zealand they were on fire from the first minute of the match. After Celine Wilde had won an early penalty corner Nina Hasselmann (5’) was the one who scored to give Germany the early lead. The attempt was close to failing after the Germans were unable to control the ball at the circle, however, Katharina Otte picked it up and managed to shoot on goal. The shot was saved by the diving New Zealand keeper Sally Rutherford but Nina Hasselmann smashed in the deflection.
Germany stayed the dominating side winning another penalty corner soon after. The Black Sticks took their team-referral because they were sure that there was no foot in the circle. Their call was denied by the video umpire and the corner stayed. Hasselmann was successful again but this time the umpires used their referral to check whether there has any obstruction occurred. The goal was finally denied by the video umpire. Germany continued to keep the pressure on. Hasselmann (9’) who was particularly on fire converted another penalty corner when she net from a short angle. The 25 year old is the second German player ever to score two penalty corner goals in a Champions Trophy match.
New Zealand penetrated the German circle in the middle of the first half for the first time. They failed to score from three penalty corners as German keeper Yvonne Frank saved brilliantly. Lisa Hahn’s counter-attack goal resulted in a 3-0 halftime score, the same result as in 2011’s Champions Trophy encounter when Germany won 5-2 after a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Play got hectic in the second half as the Black Sticks were urgent to score. New Zealand stretched the German defence and used their speed to penetrate into the circle for a number of promising attacks. One of these let to New Zealand’s goal through Anita Punt (61’) to make the 3-1. German coach Michael Behrmann was really busy in trying to keep his team well-structured. The German team responded to his advice and kept the Black Sticks from scoring further.
For more information on NZL v GER click here.
Aymar’s late goal saves point against Korea
Pool B – ARG 2-2 KOR
Despite of being winless against Argentina in four successive Champions Trophy matches Korea went with a lot of enthusiasm into this encounter with the home team. The underdogs could be very confident as they just have beaten the World Champions at Cordoba’s Four Nations Tournament. Korea were the team who created the better chances and kept the Argentine defence busy. Team-captain Lee Seon-Ok converted Korea’s first penalty corner in the 21st minute. This goal against seemed to be a wake up call for Las Leonas who suddenly started attacking. It took them two more minutes until they won their first penalty corner which succeeded. Noel Barrionuevo’s (23’) drag-flick went directly into the net leaving the Korean goalie Moon Younghui no chance. The score was 1-1 at halftime.
The beginning of the second half did not see much action in the circles either until Korea won another penalty corner which went wide. Afterwards the match could have gone either side. Moon had a spectacular save against a penalty corner flick from Barrionuevo before Lee Seon-Ok (67’) took the lead or Korea. Her direct shot at a penalty corner was smashed into Belen Succi’s goal. Argentina were urgent to reclaim pride and gained a penalty corner. Korea used their referral on this decision but their request was denied. After a great variation Argentina’s star Luciana Aymar (69’) scored the equalizing goal much to delight of the home crowd.
For more information on ARG v KOR click here.
Flash quotes on Day 3
Zenjiro Yasuda (JPN coach)
“We knew that this match was going to be hard. Netherlands are the number one and although we knew that we were likely to lose it, I am very happy with all the players’ performance.”
Max Caldas (NED coach)
“It was a good game for us. We could control the match and could create many plays. I am happy to see the progress of the team. It was a very good match.”
Maartje Paumen (NED team-captain)
“It was a nice game and we were able to create many opportunities to score. I am happy because I was able to score twice in penalty corners. The previous two days, I couldn’t convert any and our penalty corners were not so good. I hope to keep on scoring.”
Kate Walsh (GBR team-captain)
”We had a good start but we also had some bad moments. We have to work on this aspect of our play. We could have scored more goals and because we didn’t we are now 2nd in the pool.”
Danny Kerry (GBR coach)
“I agree with Kate. We must work on the players’ concentration to play in the same level all the match. Anyway, I think we were fairly consistent today and the two previous days playing under hot conditions.”
Sang Ryul Kim (CHN coach)
“Great Britain played a great match. They are a strong team. We have learned a lot from them today.”
Kayla Sharland (NZL team-captain)
“We played a bad 1st half. We were not enough concentrated and Germany took advantage. In the second half we played better, but we couldn’t revert the final score. We are not playing at the level we were used to, as we had only two weeks preparation. I hope we can get back to our level in the next matches”.
Michael Behrmann (GER coach)
“Except for the first half against Argentina, I am happy with the team’s performance. Today we played a good match. Anyway, the tournament is beginning now. So, we start on Thursday again.
Fanny Rinne (GER team-captain)
“We had a very good start and played very well all match. We could control the game and had the concentration to win this time and add three points. I think that we played good games. Before coming to Argentina to play this tournament I was not sure about the level we could reach. We played test matches in Chile against Chile and Italy, we made a long way to be here. But we are satisfied.
Carlos Retegui (ARG Coach)
“I want to congratulate all the teams players on their level at this early moment of the year. It seems as any team can beat any other. The most important match is the one we play on Thursday because only the winners pass. China are as difficult as Korea to play. That’s why I want to congratulate my players. They were patient enough to wait for the moment to attack. They played in a very intelligent way”.
Luciana Aymar (ARG team-captain)
“Both teams played very well tonight. We did what the coach asked us to do. We had to slow down the pace as they run a lot. And I think we did that and played a good match.”
Jung Woo Lim (KOR coach)
“Apart from the final result, we played a good match. I’m satisfied with the team’s performance today. Now I know that Korea can play and win any match and we feel respect for all the teams but we don’t feel fear any more. We can compete on the same level with any team. Although we come from a harsh winter and the players need more training, we haven’t prepared for this match in particular. We have prepared for the entire tournament.”
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