On day four of the BDO Champions Trophy, Women, here in Argentina, the different paths to the classification matches were laid out as World Champions Netherlands recorded their fourth consecutive win in this tournament and secured their berth in the final, while Spain and Japan could not avoid defeats by Germany and Argentina respectively and are thus already the certain contestants of the relegation match on Sunday.
The day began with the encounter between
Much of the match turned out to be stalemate however, the two teams equal opponents without an opportunity to develop an advantage, and they mostly neutralized each other far from their respective circles.
In the end, Germany were the luckier team, taking a one goal lead into halftime after Nadine Ernsting-Krienke deflected a free hit with the ball crashing into the board only seconds from the horn.
The second half provided mostly listless back-and-forth, interrupted only by a penalty corner goal from Julia Müller and torrential rainfalls as a thunderstorm moved over the stadium.
In the last few minutes of the match,
Play continued with
An early goal by the World Champions was enough to see them through though, with Eva de Goede taking advantage of good groundwork from Fatima Moreira de Melo, deflecting a pass into the net.
The rest of the game was a lot of midfield squabbles but few shots on goal on either side. The Netherlands, in the absence of striker par excellence Kim Lammers who was left in the stands with ankle problems, contented themselves with holding on to their lead, attacking but appearing not as decisive and dangerous as in previous matches.
As usual, the Leonas wrapped up the day, today against
The second half started as the first had,
Following these two goals,
BDO Hockey Champions Trophy, Women
Results day 4: Thursday 18 January 2007
Germany : Spain 2:1 (1:0)
35. Nadine Ernsting-Krienke 1:0; 50. Julia Müller 2:0; 68. Barbara Malda 2:1
Australia : Netherlands 0:1 (0:1)
18. Eva de Goede 0:1
Japan : Argentina 1:3 (0:1)
32. Noel Barrionuevo 0:1; 40. Marine Russo 0:2; 46. Carla Rebecchi 0:3; 65. Sakae Marimoto 1:3
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