Two-time champions Germany outclassed final version silver medallist Netherlands 4-1 of their second Pool D match to inch nearer in direction of reserving a direct quarterfinal berth on the ongoing males’s hockey World Cup right here on Wednesday.
Germany got here again from a aim down and scored by Mathias Muller (30th minute), Lukas Windfeder (52nd), Marco Miltkau (54th) and Christopher Ruhr (58th) to register their second consecutive win within the pool.
Netherlands, nevertheless, took the early lead by Valentin Verga within the 13th minute.
By advantage of this win, Germany are atop Pool D with six factors from two wins forward of Netherlands, who’re on three factors.
Germany had earlier defeated Pakistan 1-Zero of their opening match, whereas Netherlands had mauled Malaysia 7-0.
Within the battle between world quantity Four Netherlands and quantity 6 Germany, the Dutch have been the early aggressors however the Germans got here to the social gathering because the match progressed.
Netherlands captain Billy Baker had the primary actual scoring alternative within the eighth minute however his shot from a detailed vary was brilliantly saved by German keeper Tobias Walter.
However the Netherlands, who have been the higher group a minimum of within the first quarter, have been to not be denied the lead as Verga broke the impasse within the 13th minute, tapping in Mirco Pruijser’s reverse hit cross from shut vary.
The Germans bought their first penalty nook seconds earlier than the tip of first quarter however have been unfortunate as Mathias Muller’s strike from an excellent variation struck the submit. One other Germany try, this time from Niklas Wellen’s reverse hit was saved by Dutch goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak.
Germany continued to press laborious and on the stroke of first quarter secured back-to-back penalty corners, the second of which resulted in a wonderful aim by Muller from an excellent, well-executed variation.
The Germans continued to be aggressive after the change of ends nevertheless it was Netherlands who bought 4 penalty corners in a span of two minutes however wasted all of the alternatives.
The missed alternatives value Netherlands expensive as Germany scored from their fourth penalty nook with Windfeder discovering the again of Dutch aim with a low grounded flick.
Two minutes later, Germany made the scoreling 3-1 of their favour when Miltkau deflected in a Niklas Wellen cross from the precise flank.
As if that was not sufficient for the Dutch, Germany struck once more two minutes from the ultimate hooter from a penalty stroke which was transformed by Ruhr.