Argentina FIH Champions Trophy - Day 2
The Netherlands gave away a 2-0 lead against Great Britain who fought back thanks to Crista Cullen's double-strike. Both teams are now on four points in pool A of the Argentina FIH Champions Trophy held in Rosario. Day 2 got underway with China's 2-1 victory over Japan. Argentina lead pool B after beating Germany 4-2 while Korea drew 2-2 with New Zealand after being 0-2 down.
Full reports on all the matches can be found below, with extensive tournament information available by clicking here.
De Jiaojiao scores game winning goal against Japan
Pool A – China 2-1 Japan
De Jiaojiao’s late 2-1 secure China’s first points in the FIH Argentina Champions Trophy held in Rosario while Japan suffered their second defeat in this competition and stay last in pool A.
China have won their last four competitive matches against Japan, winning 1-0 in the 2009 Asia Cup Semifinal, 1-0 in the 2009 East Asian Games and 3-1 in the 2010 Asian Games. In January 2012 China and Japan played a four matches test series where Japan achieved one win, one draw and suffered two defeats.
In Sunday’s first match of the Argentina FIH Champions Trophy China took the lead thanks to their world-class striker Zhao Yudiao (14’) who managed to tip in the ball after China penetrated the circle from the right. The goal was denied first but China asked for a video referral where it got adjusted. Japan were urgent to reclaim pride and equalized by a penalty corner goal. Rika Komazawa (21’) was the one who got the final touch. China failed to score afterwards when the Japanese goalkeeper Sakiyo Asano saved brilliantly by blocking a pass coming from Tang Chunling to Fu Baorong. The last time Japan were not trailing at half-time in a Champions Trophy encounter was four years ago, also in a match versus China (3-3).
The beginning of the second half saw China creating some opportunities but the Japanese defence did a good job and kept the Olympic silver medallists from scoring. Japanese striker Kaori Jujio failed to score on her 31st birthday when she penetrated the circle from the right but shot wide. China’s game-winning goal came by De Jiaojiao (61’) who managed to net the rebound after Asado has saved Ma Yibo’s penalty corner shot.
For more information on CHN v JPN click here.
Cullen’s double-strike secures draw against Olympic Champions
Pool A – Great Britain 2-2 Netherlands
The Netherlands gave away a 2-0 lead against Great Britain who fought back thanks to a double-strike of Crista Cullen. Both teams are on four points now but the Netherlands stay leaders in pool A due to the better goal-difference.
The crowd had to wait for 15 years to see Great Britain take on the Netherlands again in Champions Trophy history. The last time these teams met in a Champions Trophy match was in 1997. Netherlands started off with great pressure winning two penalty corners in the fifth minute but Maartje Paumen’s attempts were saved by the British goalie Abi Walker who played her Champions Trophy debut same as Dutch Kitty van Male. However Naomi van As (7’) took the lead two minutes later netting for the first time in Champions Trophy since 2008.
Despite of the heat in the stadium Great Britain kept high pace and put the Dutch defence under pressure. Unlucky for them, that they lost their video referral already in the first half after they asked whether there was a foot in the Dutch circle. However they won their first penalty corner soon after but the Dutch goalkeeper Joyce Sombroek saved Kate Walsh’s attempt. Their second penalty corner led to a penalty stroke. Umpire Wendy Stewart had called before Alex Danson tipped the ball into the goal. Team-captain Walsh took responsibility but her shot went wide. Just before halftime Kim Lammers (32’) doubled the lead for the Dutch was against the run of play as Great Britain had been putting tremendous pressure on the Dutch defence but the goal came from a turn-over deep in Dutch territory.
At the beginning of the second half Great Britain finally put themselves on the score-board when Crista Cullen (40’) converted a penalty corner. After the British goalie Walker kept her team in the game making some brilliant saves against a Dutch penalty corner series. The British won their second penalty stroke in this match after a poor stick-tackle from Willemijn Bos. This time Cullen tried but was denied by Sombroek. Anyhow the British did not give up and fought until they have achieved the equalizer. Cullen (61’) scored an outstanding goal when her penalty corner shot was deflected onto the crossbar, came down and found its way into the net. Converting penalty corners is currently the biggest issue for the Dutch as they have failed to score from six penalty corners in this match and twelve in this tournament so far.
For more information on GBR v NED click here.
Korea win first point against New Zealand
Pool B – NZL 2-2 KOR
New Zealand and Korea have met twice at last year's Champions Trophy with Korea beating the Black Sticks 5-3 in Group C only to lose 2-3 in the bronze medal match, handing New Zealand their first ever Champions Trophy medal. Their last meeting came at the Four Nations Tournament in Cordoba where Korea beat New Zealand 6-4 coming back from being 0-2 down.
In today’s encounter it took New Zealand only nine minutes to take the lead thanks to Cathryn Finlayson (9’). Afterwards they could have extended their lead but failed to score from three successive penalty corners. However Katie Glynn doubled the lead in the 25th minute giving New Zealand a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Korea was the team who took control of the match in the second half while New Zealand struggled to maintain any position. Despite dominating it took Korea up to the 44th minute until Kim Okju scored the 1-2 by converting their 4th penalty corner.
New Zealand had difficulty clearing the ball out of their half and Korea maintained attacking pressure. It was only the good the keeping by New Zealand’s goalkeeper Bianca Russell which kept Korea from adding to their total. Finally with a change of variation at a penalty corner Kim Jong-Eun scored her 4th Champions Trophy career goal. All of these goals came in matches against New Zealand. Korea converted the last penalty corner of the game but their game-winning goal was referred by the video umpire because the umpire felt the ball did not leave the circle. This was confirmed by the video umpire and the game score stood at a 2-2 draw.
For more information on NZL v KOR click here.
Argentina celebrate win over Germany
Pool B – GER 2-4 ARG
Argentina are unbeaten for sixth successive Champions Trophy match against Germany. On Sunday night “Las Leonas” compensated for their performance in the opening match where they drew 2-2 with New Zealand after being down 0-2.
Every time an Argentine player received the ball the crowd cheered. When Sofia Maccari (14’) scored her first Champions Trophy career goal it set the spectators alive and they continued to cheer enthusiastically throughout the match. Towards the end of the first half Argentina pressured Germany early and penetrated their circle many times. Flicker Noel Barrionuevo (29’) doubled the lead when her penalty corner shot defeated the unlucky German goalkeeper Kristina Reynolds. Two minutes Carla Rebecca extended the score to 3-0 giving Argentina the biggest half-time lead in Champions Trophy competition since China led Germany 4-1 at half-time in the 2011 classification match 7-8.
Argentina kept up their pace in the second half making it 4-0 after a penalty corner tip-in from Daniela Sruoga (37'). German proved their mental strength and scored through Lisa Hahn (39’) who converted the rebound of another penalty corner scoring her second goal in her second Champions Trophy match. Hannah Krüger (52') scored her first Champions Trophy goal in her seventh appearance making it 4-2. Argentina failed to extend their lead by missing several penalty corners. Germany really impressed with their determination to try to score more goals but the Argentine defence held firm.
For more information on GER v ARG click here.
Flash quotes on day 2
Zenjiro Yasuda (JPN coach)
“It’s a pity. We are quite sad about the result although it is a big improvement in comparison to yesterday’s match against Great Britain. The Netherlands, our next opponent, are physically fit and mentally hardened, that’s why it is a huge challenge for our team. But it is very important for Japan to play this match”.
Kate Walsh (GBR captain)
“We are disappointed with how we played in the first half, but we improved in the second half. We pressured Netherlands and we were able to level the score.
Danny Kerry (GBR coach)
“We could have won this match but we failed to convert two penalty strokes.” Regarding the teams improvement in the last year, he said that their main goal are the Olympic Games as it will be a great challenge to play at home. Kerry also made a comment about the temperature: “Those who decided to play at this time with this temperature should play so as to feel what is like.”
Coach Max Caldas and team-captain Maartje Paumen agreed having played a really good first half, but not the second. “We knew they would be a strong opponent”, Paumen said.“ We were one team in the first half and another in the second. We celebrate it was a tie”, said the coach.
Mark Hager (NZL coach)
“We showed two different faces today. Again we had a good first half but we are struggling in the second half in two areas physicality and mental toughness.”