Sunday • 2006-09-10

England - Germany   1 : 2

1:2 (1:1)

Umpires:
 

John Wright (RSA)
David Gentles (AUS)
 

GOALS

24'   0:1 Christopher Zeller (PC)
34'   1:1 Simon Mantell (PS)
42'   1:2 Christopher Zeller (PS)

GERMANY'S SECOND WIN

It was Christopher Zeller who with two goals shot the German team to the lead of pool B. Some 14,000 spectators in the solidly packed stadium saw a thrilling fight between the two teams. The Germans got the better start and consequently had a couple of good chances. In the 24th minute Zeller then converted a penalty corner into the lead as his drag flick thundered into the lower left side of the English goal.

As Germany kept pressing for more, the English team played a number of dangerous counter-attacks especially over Martin Jones. In the 34th minute then Middleton went to the left and sent the ball to Daly. German keeper Bubolz rushed out, misjudged the ball and cut down Daly: Penalty stroke. Simon Mantell went to the point and flicked the ball into the left corner - the score one all as the half-time result.

 

After the break the Germans again increased pressure on the English circle, and in the 41st minute Zeller received a nice pass from Witthaus, just scantly missing Fair's cage. England carried on with their fast counter-attacks, but Crone as last man with his 335th cap stood solid as a wall. The speed of the match much higher, in the 42nd minute the now offensive Emmerling saw Biederlack, who took the ball forward on the left side, making a beautiful pass back to Zeller in the circle, whose shot was just stopped by an English defenders foot. Christopher Zeller himself scored the German lead with the following penalty stroke, as he sent goalie Fair to the left while flicking the ball into the right angle.

Germany kept the pressure up, but could not convert a series of penalty corners. Zeller was also unable to finish his irresistible solo in the 49th minute with a goal, as James Fair made a brilliant save. The last ten minutes then saw a hectical match, as England threw everything forward to get the equalizer. It was keeper Bubolz who saved the German lead in the 64th minute, as Kirkham was through and nearly scored for England. The crowd frenetically supported the home team, and Germany managed to negate a second English goal until the end.

With this victory Germany now is much closer to reaching the quarter-finals. For the English team it will be very hard to remain in the tournament now.

 

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