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Hockey World Cup: Grambusch brothers take Germany to semi-finals, Netherlands join them | Hockey news



BHUBANESWAR: Germany overcame England on penalties in dramatic circumstances after leading 0-2 two minutes before time to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the FIH Men’s World Cup where the Netherlands joined them with a win over South Korea here on Wednesday.
Germany scored in the 58th and 59th minutes thanks to the help of captain Mats Grambusch and his brother Tom to send the quarter-finals to a penalty shootout, where they beat heartbroken England 4-3. , won after a humiliating defeat.
Germany, who finished second in Group B and beat France 5-1 in a friendly match, face three-time champions and last bronze medalist Australia in the semi-finals on Friday.

In the second quarter-final of the day at Kalinga Stadium, the runners-up of the last two tournaments the Netherlands ended Korea’s tougher-than-expected streak in the tournament with a 5-1 win to set up a final round of four clash with Belgium at the Kalinga Stadium. Friday.

South Korea, the team stunned Rio 2016 Olympic champions Argentina in a cross-match on Monday, but once again rose above their own weight as they engaged in a mental battle with a more famous opponent. , ranked third in the world. Korea is ranked ninth in the world.
South Korea is the only Asian team left in the quarterfinals. Enthusiastic spectators at Kalinga Stadium thought England would end the game comfortably after Zachary Wallace (12th) and Liam Ansell (333th) gave them a 2-0 lead, but before To their surprise, the Germans came back to score in the 58th and 59th minutes, respectively, against Mats and Tom Grambusch.
Just before that, Christopher Ruhr missed a chance from the penalty spot in the 57th minute.
When Germany was training at 1-2 and was awarded a penalty with a minute left, Mats asked his brother Tom to do it. Tom made no mistakes from the penalty spot to send the game to a penalty shootout.
Niklas Wellen, Hannes Muller, Prinz Thies and Christopher Ruhr scored for Germany in the penalty shootout. For England, James Albery, Zachary Wallace, Phil Roper scored while David Goodfield missed.
“It was a crazy game for sure, we were trailing for most of the game. But we were able to convert the chances that came late in the game. It showed the team’s character. ,” said Mats.
“Our parents must be watching this game and they must be super happy to see us both score in an important game for the team and the country,” said Tom.
Germany’s fight back is reminiscent of their national football team, which is famous for its never-dead attitude.
“It was a brutal game, you were 2-0 up with less than five minutes to start and you lost,” England captain David Ames lamented.
England have directly reached the quarterfinals after topping Group D against India.
They started attacking more and took the lead in the 12th minute after Jack Waller, Stuart Rushemere and Zachary Wallace coordinated beautifully. Waller cut into the box from the right and Rushemere threaded past three German defenders before Wallace scored with a tennis volley.
Wallace had another dribble towards the German goal but his shot after passing a defender in the second half was blocked by the keeper.
Germany pressed in the second half with more attacking players but England defended well with good coordination. But Germany’s relentless attack led to their first corner and the game, which they wasted. The British did not give space to the Germans every time they entered the box.
Harry Martin had space and time to take the shot but the keeper was once again enthralled by saving Germany’s second corner two minutes after half-time.
Going 0-1 in the first half, Germany disappointed themselves when Timur Oruz received a green card in the 31st minute for a two-minute suspension, and England took advantage of that to earn two consecutive corners and double the lead. separate. from the second one.
Liam Ansell made a light touch to the ball after the keeper made a save and then fired a powerful shot past German goalkeeper Alexander Stadler.
Germany came under enormous pressure in the third half when Christopher Ruhr was shown a yellow card in the 38th minute for a five-minute suspension.
Just before the third half ended, play was stopped after England’s Liam Sanford fell to the pitch and some of his teammates surrounded Ruhr but the umpire was able to reassure the players.
Germany conceded a penalty in the 57th minute but Christopher Ruhr’s shot went over the bar. But a minute later, captain Mats Grambusch equalized one with a goal.
The match ended in a dramatic 2-2 and just seconds later, Tom, Mats’ brother, scored from the penalty spot.
With 38 seconds remaining, Germany was awarded a corner, but England successfully defended it in a tug of war.
In the second quarter-final, Koen Bijen (27th and 31st) scored twice while Justen Blok (36th), Steijn van Heijningen (50th) and Teun Beins (58th) scored other goals for the Netherlands.
Inwoo Seo (51) scored a consolation goal for Korea.
Who would have thought that the Netherlands would crush Korea. But that didn’t happen as the small Asian nation fought to the teeth and wasn’t threatened by its rival’s reputation.
Both South Korea and the Netherlands drew goalless in the first half as both sides earned two corners each without taking advantage of any corners.
The Netherlands were the dominant team in the second half with more penetration of the circle and the lead three minutes into the first half, with a goal from Koen Bijen.
However, nimble Koreans don’t just sit still. They made quick counter-attacks and were forced to take two corners even though they could not convert any of them.
From the second corner, corner expert Jang Jonghyun’s drag hit German referee Ben Goentgen in the face after the ball went wide of a Dutch defender’s post.
Goentgen, who collapsed in pain before regaining his composure, was carried off the pitch and the substitute referee, Raghu Prasad of India, took over the rest of the match.
The Dutch overcame South Korea’s control in the third half with two goals in a five-minute span. Bijen got his second from a corner in the 31st minute before Justen Blok scored in the 36th minute.

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