Germany and the Netherlands are semi-finalists in the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 with wins over England and Korea in their respective quarterfinals. In the semi-finals, Australia will face Germany, while Belgium will face the Netherlands, on January 27 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
Match 1: England vs Germany 2-2 (SO: 3-4)
Germany were quick from the blocks, dominating possession and territory in the English half in the first quarter. They created the first big chance of the game as good work from Mats Grambusch on the left saw Zwicker divert his pass into the path of Trompertz in the circle, but instead his shot sailed high and wide of the goal. As time progressed England started to find their rhythm and Calnan played a free hit just outside the circle and picked up his pass to Rushmere and the ball fell at the end of his 3D skill move. Air to Jack Wallace and his volleyed effort found the back of the goal to open up the scoring for the English.
Germany measured their attack in the second quarter, as the threat England posed on the counter-attack was evident. Jack Wallace nearly doubled England’s lead on a counter in the 21st minute as he beat two defenders at the top of the circle with a silky touch before unleashing a shot, but his shot hit teammate Ansel’s leg before reaching Stadler’s goal. Germany won two late penalty corners in the quarter, but their first was a variation that Alberi read well and blocked and the second, taken by Peillat, was stopped and cleared quite easily by the in-form Ollie Payne.
Germany were down to 10 men at the start of the third quarter after Oruj was given a green card for a deliberate foul to stop an English counter-attack. England made good use of the man advantage to win three quick penalty corners and they doubled their lead at the third attempt as a misplaced injection from Condon forced Ansell to improvise with a flat hit and he placed it into the bottom left corner for perfection. As time started winding down in the 3rd quarter, things started to get a little heated. Christopher Ruhr earned himself a 5 minute ban for an aggressive tackle in the middle of the field. Germany’s quest for a goal back into the game was well met by some terrific defensive work from the likes of Albury and Waller.
In the first half of the last quarter, England played calmly and filled the German attacks in midfield. Germany sent off Stadler for an extra outfield player and won on penalty strokes with less than 5 minutes remaining. Christopher Ruhr stepped up to take it, but his effort hit the crossbar and England survived. Germany finally managed to score when Trompertz sent in a cross that found Mats Grambusch alone at the far post and he lifted the ball into an open goal. England then went down to 10 men as Zach Wallace received a green card with just over 2 minutes remaining. England then conceded another penalty stroke as a shot from Waylon was destined to go on goal but instead hit an English body. Tom Grambusch, who took the penalty stroke for Germany while on the pitch, was available this time and sent Payne the wrong way for Honamous to complete the comeback and send the game to a shoot-out.
Germany, who had won 7 out of 9 shoot-outs in the last 4 years, were perfect in the shoot-out, scoring in all 4 of their attempts. David Goodfield missed England’s third attempt and Daneberg, who replaced Stadler in goal in the shoot-out, saved Ansel’s final English effort to give Honmas a famous victory and their first semi-final appearance at the World Cup. 2010!
Mats Grambusch was awarded man of the match and said: “My legs are still shaking, it was a great comeback, really proud of the team. We were better in the second half and to come back in the last 2 minutes to draw the game was incredible.”
Match 2: Netherlands vs Korea 5-1
FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 final quarter-final match between Netherlands and Korea played out an interesting first quarter. Both teams looked to play on the counter attack and were able to find space through the midfield to penetrate successfully. Both teams in the opposition circle won 2 penalty corners each, but all 4 penalty corners were narrowly missed, thanks to a brave number one run from defence. The Netherlands had the best chance from open play as Pieters made a great run from his own circle into the Korean circle, but his shot was well saved by Jaehyun Kim.
The second quarter was much of the same as the teams traded possessions on the counter attack. Korea had a great chance on one of their attacks starting from a turnover forced at the halfway line. Hwang’s driven pass in the circle almost found a diving Juneau, but Lars Balk got a crucial touch just before receiving a pass to Juneau to send the ball over the baseline. In the 27th minute, Thierry Brinkmann opened the scoring from the right side of the Korean defense and his attempted pass was almost intercepted by Jongjun, but he failed to make a clear connection on the ball and Koen Bijen was just behind him. On to the loose ball and put the back of the net to give the Netherlands the lead.
The Netherlands won a penalty corner early in the second half and while Kim Janssen’s flick was saved, Bijen collected the rebound brilliantly and tapped the ball in on the opposite side to double the Dutch lead. The Netherlands felt the momentum shift and they kept the pressure on the Koreans. Justin Blok, who scored his second goal in a row in the Netherlands’ previous game against Chile, quickly eased the Dutch’s pressure when Geep Jansen’s slap pass deflected off the top of the circle.
The Netherlands added an unlucky goal early in the last quarter when Seonghoon intercepted Heisningen’s pass, which eventually went over the keeper. Korea would finally end the Netherlands’ run of 15 consecutive quarters without conceding a goal through Seo Inwoo, but with a 4-goal deficit, a comeback seemed unlikely. The Netherlands added the final goal of the competition in the 58th minute when Teun Baines put away a penalty corner from captain Thierry Brinkman to give the Dutch a comfortable 5-1 win and send the FIH Hockey Men into their 4th straight semi-final. World Cup.
Koen Bijen, scorer of the first two goals for the Dutch, was awarded man of the match and said: “25+ goals and 1 recognized show we had a great tournament. Our defense is really strong and sets us up for attack. Congratulations to Korea as well. They played a really good tournament and played very well in this game as well. We enjoy playing against Belgium, we play them often in Europe, so bring on the semi-finals!”
FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 Bhubaneswar-Rourkela
25 January 2023 Result
Result: Match 1
England 2-2 Germany (SO: 3-4)
Man of the Match: Mats Grambusch (GER)
Umpires: Steve Rogers (AUS), Jakub Majlic (CZE), Marcin Grochal (POL-Video)
Result: Match 2
Netherlands 5-1 Korea
Man of the Match: Koen Bijen (NED)
Umpires: Ben Guentzen (GER), Gareth Greenfield (NZL), Dan Barstow (ENG-VIDEO)