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Hockey: China beat Germany to fight for fifth at World League Final

China (in red) beat European champions Germany 3-1 to reach the fifth-place playoff in the inaugural FIH World League Final in sunny San Miguel de Tucuman, northern Argentina. Photos: FIH / Frank-Uijlenbroek.

China (in red) beat European champions Germany 3-1 to reach the fifth-place playoff in the inaugural FIH World League Final in sunny San Miguel de Tucuman, northern Argentina. Photos: FIH / Frank-Uijlenbroek.

December 8, 2013: China, the 2008 Olympic runners-up, beat European champions Germany 3-1 to set up a fifth-place playoff with New Zealand in the inaugural FIH World League Final in northern Argentina.

 

The fourth-ranked ‘Black Sticks’, who lost 2-0 to China in the pool stage, beat Asia Cup runners-up Korea 3-1 in Saturday’s first match in San Miguel de Tucuman.

 

Netherlands will face Australia in Sunday’s final after the Dutch won 3-2 in a penalty shootout against hosts Argentina – to the disappointment of most of the 6,000 fans – after the world’s top two ranked teams finished 2-2 in regulation time.

 

Fifth-ranked Australia earlier beat third-ranked England 3-0 in an ‘Ashes’ clash, matching the result when the two teams met in the final of the World League Semi Final event in London.

 

China’s clinical finishing earned them a comprehensive victory over a German side who had more possession and shots.

 

Peng Yang, 21, opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a superb tomahawk effort that flew into the bottom-left corner of Barbara Vogel’s goal before a penalty stroke from Huang Ting, 25, doubled China’s advantage six minutes later.

 

China’s third goal arrived in the 57th minute, with 19-year-old Liang Meiyu crashing home a ferocious strike after a wonderful solo run. Germany pulled a goal back six minutes from the end, with Eileen Hoffmann forcing home from close range.

 

Germany, who won August’s EuroHockey Championship at home, will face Korea in the seventh-place playoff.

 

Korea (in red) lost 3-1 to New Zealand and will face Germany in the seventh place playoff.

Korea (in red) lost 3-1 to New Zealand and will face Germany in the seventh-place playoff.

Korea, runners-up to Japan in the recent Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur, were unable to cope with New Zealand’s strong start as the Black Sticks took a seventh-minute lead through a penalty stroke by captain Kayla Sharland. Petrea Webster scored from open play 10 minutes later as New Zealand led 2-0 at half-time.

 

Gemma Flynn made it 3-0 two minutes into the second half when she touched home a slick penalty corner routine at the right post before Korea deservedly reduced the deficit in the 59th minute through Han Hye-lyoung, who deflected a penalty corner into the roof of the net.

 

Source: FIH

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