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

GER V GBR ( 5/6 ) Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011

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Match Review GER - GBR 1-0

Stralkowski strike gives Germany place in 2012 Champions Trophy
Germany 1-0 Great Britain

Germany have booked their place at the 2012 Champions Trophy tournament by achieving a fifth place finish at the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy in Auckland, New Zealand.

The European Champions defeated Great Britain 1-0 in a match of few chances, with Thilo Stralkowski netting the only goal of the game with a 30th minute penalty corner.

It was a big moment for Stralkowski, who returned to the squad after being left out of Saturday’s 5-0 victory over Pakistan.  

The big striker made no mistake with his penalty corner effort, which flew into the bottom right corner of the goal with speed and deception which gave GB keeper James Fair little chance of saving.

Germany had two very good chances to score in the second half, but Great Britain veterans Ken Forbes and Mark Pearn both took balls off the line when a goal seemed a certainty.

Great Britain’s best chance of the match fell to James Tindall with 30 seconds to go, but Germany keeper Nico Jacobi was perfectly placed to deal with Tindall’s rasping strike. It was a save which ensured that gave Germany the victory and their place in the next Champions Trophy.  

Khan tapped in following a fine run and pass from Shakeel Abbasi.  It seemed that Pakistan were going to run away with it, but Korea have never been known for throwing the towel in and tied the scores with a double from Hyo Sik You to force extra time.


Pakistan’s winner came five minutes into the first period of extra time when the ever lively Abbasi caused chaos with another superb driving run which was eventually finished off by Rizwan. It was a disappointing end for Korea, but Pakistan will be pleased to leave Auckland on a winning note. 
  • Match 22
  • Date Sun, 11 Dec 2011
  • Time 13:05
  • Pool/Class 5/6
  • Venue

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