Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011
Auckland, New Zealand - December 3 - 11, 2011

NED V GER ( Pool B ) Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011

3 - 2

Match Review NED - GER 3-2

Hofman strikes late to sink Germany

Netherlands 3-2 Germany

A brilliant goal from Rogier Hofman gave The Netherlands a superb win over Olympic and European Champions Germany in the third match day 2 here in Auckland. With the scores locked at 2-2 with five minutes of the match remaining, Hofman picked up the ball down the left before surging into the circle, playing exchanging passes with a team-mate and forcing home from close range.

It was The Netherlands’ fifth successive victory against Germany in the Men’s Champions Trophy, having not lost to their opponents in their last nine meetings. The win puts The Netherlands clear at the top of Pool B, a position that they will have overnight regardless of the result between Korea and New Zealand.

The was nothing to choose between the two European giants in the first half, with both sides enjoying good possession and creating numerous scoring opportunities.  Teun de Nooijer set up the first goal with an accurate pass to Dutch number 28 Billy Bakker who made no mistake with his shot to give The Netherlands the lead after 12 minutes.  Germany’s own number 28 Tobias Matania soon tied things up with a cracking reverse stick strike before Thilo Stralkowski brilliantly created a goal for Christoph Menke to give Germany a 2-1 lead. Shortly before the break, Jeroen Hertzberger pulled The Netherlands level when he cut inside his marker and crashed a reverse stick shot between the legs of Germany keeper Max Weinhold.

The second half was far more one sided, as the Dutch forced the Olympic champions deep into their own territory. Netherlands forward Valentin Verga almost scored when he moved past the keeper but failed to get his shot on target before numerous Dutch penalty corner chances went begging. Eventually though, the German resistance faltered when Hofman produced his moment of magic to give The Netherlands an excellent and deserved triumph.  

  • Match 08
  • Date Mon, 5 Dec 2011
  • Time 14:05
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue

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