Friday, July 05, 2013

Olympic champions Germany score six goals in 18 minutes

Sticky situation: Malaysia’s Tengku Ahmad Tajudin (right) and Germany’s Linus Butt in a duel for the ball during their World Hockey League match at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru last night. Germany won 6-0. — LIM CHENG KIAT / The Star
Sticky situation: Malaysia’s Tengku Ahmad Tajudin (right) and Germany’s Linus Butt in a duel for the ball during their World Hockey League match at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru last night. Germany won 6-0. — LIM CHENG KIAT / The Star

JOHOR BARU: World No. 1 Germany gave a masterclass to whip Malaysia 6-0 in the quarter-finals of the FIH World Hockey League semi-final at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium here last night.
The Germans will meet the South Koreans in the semi-finals tomorrow while Malaysia will play Pakistan in a classification match.

It was such a mismatch that one only had pity for the Malaysians who just didn’t have a clue on how to stop the German juggernaut.

It didn’t take long for the Germans to stamp their class. The Olympic champions gained their first penalty corner in the fourth minute and Christopher Zeller made no mistake with his drag flick.
Then, in a four-minute spell from the eighth minute, the Malaysians went tumbling out as the Germans scored three goals to put the issue beyond the Malaysians.

Linus Butt scored in the eighth minute followed by Moritz Polk and Zeller in the ninth and 12th minutes. From then on, it was a matter of how many goals the Germans would score.
Moritz Furste and Thilo Stralkow-ski added two more goals in the 13th and 18th minutes for a 6-0 first-half lead.

Malaysia played a little better in the second half that yielded no goals from either side. But then the Germans were probably conserving their energy for the semi-final match.

Earlier, South Korea overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Pakistan 4-3 in an exciting last-eight clash.
It was a typical Korean performance. They absorbed everything the Pakistanis threw at them in the early stages of the match and then ran their opponents ragged in the second half.
Pakistan started off strongly and took the lead as early as the fifth minute through Mohamed Waqas. Mohamed Tousiq then made it 2-0 in the 16th minute.

But the game changed once Kang Moon-kweon scored his team’s opening goal in the 30th minute from a penalty corner. He also scored the equaliser in the 39th minute.
Pakistan, however, managed to snatch back the lead with a penalty stroke conversion by Shakeel Abassi in the 43rd minute.

But it didn’t stop the marauding Koreans. Nam Hyun-woo added the third in the 48th minute and Kim Young-jin scored the winner a minute later.



By S. RAMAGURU - THE STAR

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