The wave express keeps rolling: Germany clearly wins against South Korea
Germany clearly won the last group match at the Hockey World Cup in India. In a long-distance duel with Belgium to win the group, Germany should have won by nine goals to secure top spot in the group. In the end, Germany won 7-2. Goal scorers were Niklas Whelen (3x), Gonzalo Peillat, Mats Grambusch, Justus Wiegand and Moritz Ludwig. Germany now play France in a crossover game (Monday, January 23rd, 12:00 pm) for a place in the quarterfinals.
German goal scorer:
1:0, 2:1 and 3:1 Nicklas Whalen, 1st, 16th, 40th minutes
4:1 Gonzalo Peillat, 42nd minute, PC
5:1 Justus Wiegand, 50th minute
6:1 Mats Grambusch, 52nd minute
7:1 Moritz Ludwig, 52nd minute
Scored a goal for South Korea
: 1-1 Jonghyun Jang, 14th minute, PC
2-7 Jonghyun Jang, 60th minute, PC
1-0 early for Germany, then equalised
The game started as Germany had imagined. High and aggressive pressure caused problems for the Koreans. After about two minutes, Germany made it 1-0 – Nicklaus Wellen scored for an early lead after a powerful finish. After a good circle entry by captain Mats Grambusch, Germany got their first penalty corner in the 8th minute: Gonzalo Peillat’s corner was cleared on the line in dire need. As a result, Germany dominated events without necessarily being dangerous. Two more German penalty corners could be saved by the Koreans. After a long, precise shot went over 60 meters, 22 seconds before the end of the first quarter, South Korea took the first penalty corner to make it 1-1, scored by Jonghyun Jang. With 1:1 we moved on to the next quarter.
Hinrich over Whalen, leading again at the start
After a powerful pass from Teo Hinrichs, Niklas Wellen scored his third goal of the tournament to give Germany a 2-1 lead. After about 29 minutes, Christopher Ruhr scored from the left after entering the circle. South Korea continued to defend very deep and Germany tried to quickly pass and open gaps. Five minutes before half-time, Alexander Stadler was able to stand up and safely save the shot after a South Korean penalty corner. Germany were the better team in the first half and controlled the action. Still, due to many missed chances, the scoreboard was “only” a 2:1.
Wave to the third
There was no goal for Germany at the start of this season. After a long flick ball from Tom Grambusch to Nicklas Whalen, he passed it to Mats Grambusch and the captain shot just wide of the goal on the left as he was decisively blocked in the last second. In the 35th minute, Teo Hinrichs had to make a save just before the line from the beaten Alexander Stadler. Time came in the 41st minute and Germany scored the first goal of the quarter. Nicklas Whalen was the scorer for the third time. After 43 minutes, Germany and Gonzalo Peillat were redeemed: at the sixth attempt, Peillat scored with a powerful finish after a penalty corner to make it 4:1. Shortly after, Marco Miltkau free-standing in front of the Korean goalkeeper and missed the goal. We went into the last quarter with this 4:1 lead.
Aim, aim, aim…
Germany played the ball well against the Koreans, who were still deep. After Mats Grambuch’s powerful 3D hockey, Gonzalo Peilat opened the scoring and finally Justus Weigand scored to make it 5:1 for Germany. The next goal immediately after: Captain Mats Grambusch makes it 6:1. The knot seemed to be broken: Moritz Ludwig scored soon after to make it 7:1. With three minutes remaining, Whalen failed to get a shot past the Korean goalkeeper after a great pass from Weigand. Several penalties by Oruz and Hinrich disrupted the flow of the game. In the end, Andre Henning took out the goalkeeper: Germany really wanted to win clearly to be first in the group. Germany took the lead 2:7 in the penalty corner at the last moment.
In the end, Germany celebrated a clean win and will go into the crossover game against France with a lot of confidence.
Comment about the game:
Andre Henning: “We had to be patient today to get through the very defensive Koreans. In the second half it was a good mix of great individual performances, well played attacks and a stable defense that led us to a big win.
Moritz Ludwig: “Initially the ball didn’t go as we expected and maybe we wanted to force it too much. Then we let the ball roll more. The goals add up as the game progresses. In the last eight minutes we realized that it was still possible to win the group and we pushed everything forward. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough in the end and two goals were missed. It’s a bit bitter. But we are now thinking directly about the next game against France and then hope to reach the quarter-finals.”
These players were used for Germany: