Olympic Games London 2012
London, Great Britain - July 29 - 10, 2012

NZL V GER ( Pool B ) Olympic Games London 2012

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Match Review NZL - GER 0-0


Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
GER 58 28 MÜLLER Julia G
GER 64 28 MÜLLER Julia Y


DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 IPARRAGUIRRE Soledad
Umpire 2 ROACH Lisa
Reserve Umpire PRESENQUI Irene
Judge 1 PARKS Paula
Judge 2 SHIN Jung Hee
Technical Officer BROWN Sheila

New Zealand reached the semi-finals of the women’s Olympic Games for the first time as they got the draw they needed to qualify in the top two. In the process, they eliminated Germany who will end Pool B in a disappointing fourth place. It was a tie that ebbed and flowed with the kiwis looking to get an early lead to ease their nerves while the Germans took the initiative for much of the middle periods as they needed a big win to have any chance of progressing.

But goals never came despite a glut of chances as Yvonne Frank and Bianca Russell had huge games between the posts. Early on, Charlotte Harrison had a golden chance inside 30 seconds but only found the outside of the post from Anita Punt’s pullback. Katie Glynn was also set free one-on-one but Yvonne Frank timed her dive superbly to nudge the ball away. Harrison’s follow-up went dangerous as the kiwis were unable to capitalise despite being well on top.

Germany came back into the tie, winning a couple of corners while Lisa Hahn, Christina Schuetze, Maeke Stoeckel were all denied by Bianca Russell before the half’s main talking point. Two minutes before half-time, Stoeckel felt she had broken the deadlock, claiming a touch to Mandy Haase’s crash ball that whizzed into the backboard. The video replay, however, was inconclusive and so no decision possible, leading to a free out.

New Zealand continued to live on their wits in the second half as somehow Celine Wilde’s volley went over from less than a metre out from a Keller punt at goal. Krystal Forgesson’s arrowed cross was almost turned home by Glynn but for Frank’s excellent stop before Russell denied Kristina Hillmann and Marie Maevers – in her 50th international.

Julia Mueller had the ball in the net once again from a corner but it was once again disallowed for being too high – a hopeful referral was once again went against the Germans. And as the goal-rush failed to materialise, German efforts became more ragged and less threatening, allowing the kiwis to play out time with few more worries in the closing phases, securing an historic result.

  • Match 25
  • Date Mon, 6 Aug 2012
  • Time 08:30
  • Pool/Class Pool B
  • Venue

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