Germany men recovered from the disappointment of losing Saturday’s semi-final against the Netherlands to beat Iran and grab the Bronze medal at the Indoor Hockey World Cup in Leipzig. The fans once again turned out in their thousands and were not disappointed as Alexander Otte scored five times to help the hosts to a 13-2 victory.
The Iranians, who in finishing fourth have surpassed all expectations, took an early lead thanks to a superb finish from Hamid Noraniyan, but Germany stormed into a 5-2 lead at the break before slamming home eight times in the second half to seal the medal.
Germany Head Coach Stefan Kermas was pleased with the victory but felt that the tournament was a missed opportunity for his team. “We were capable of winning the World Cup, so the overall result is disappointing for us. Winning the Bronze was the best we could do after losing the semi-final, but we need to consider the lessons learned here. If we had scored one more goal yesterday I am certain that we would have won the Gold today.”
A five-goal haul for Alexander Otte put him at the top of the scoring table ahead of this afternoon’s Gold medal match between the Netherlands and Austria. “The boys played for me so I could increase the number of goals I have scored, but becoming top scorer won’t get me over the big disappointment of not wining the tournament”, said Otte, before commenting about his enjoyment of playing in front of a packed arena. “I have loved the atmosphere here, it has been brilliant signing autographs for the kids.”
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