Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Germany Beat Malaysia 4-3 To Win Bronze In Hockey

KAZAN, (Russia) July 15 (Bernama) -- Germany dashed Malaysia's hopes of winning at least a bronze medal in the World University Games (Universiade) with a 4-3 victory in a match for third-fourth placing at the Field Hockey Center, here, Monday.

The defeat was a bitter blow to Malaysia who had hoped to win at least a bronze medal in the Universiade.

The Germans took an early lead when Matthias Knuepfer scored in the 2nd minute but two minutes before half-time Malaysia managed to equalise through Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin Tengku Abdul Jalil.

The second half saw Malaysia put up a better display and even took the lead in the 48th minute through a penalty corner strike by skipper Mohammad Razie Abdul Rahim.

Germany however, managed to equalise in the 55th minute with a clinical field goal by Anton Ebeling while Timm Haase made it 3-2 in favour of the Germans in the 57th minute.

Malaysia fought back gamely and made it 3-3 with yet another penalty corner strike by Tengku Ahmad Tajuddin in the 64th minute but Jonas Furste punished a lapse in concentration in the very last minute of the match to ensure a 4-3 victory for the Germans.

Host Russia and France will face each other in the gold medal deciding match.

Barring any upsets, Russia are the favourite to win the gold.

From Nursyabiha Sukri

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