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Hockey: Germany win Junior World Cup in New Delhi; Malaysia finish fourth

Germany (in white) beat France 5-2 in Sunday evening's final to win the Hero Junior World Cup in New Delhi, their sixth success in the FIH event. Photos: FIH / Stanislas Brochier.

Germany (in white) beat France 5-2 in Sunday evening’s final to win the Hero Junior World Cup in New Delhi, their sixth success in the FIH age-group event. Photos: FIH / Stanislas Brochier.

December 16, 2013: Germany were deserving winners of the Hero Junior World Cup in New Delhi after beating surprise finalists France 5-2 in Sunday evening’s final at the Major Dhyanchand National Stadium.

 

Niklas Wellen put Germany ahead in the second minute after he stole the ball in the French circle and slotted past a surprised Edgar Reynaud. France equalised in the 16th minute after a quick exchange of passes found Gaspard Baumgarten alone at the top of the circle and he blasted past German keeper Victor Aly.

 

The teams went into the break at 1-1 and France took a surprise lead following their first penalty-corner of the match in the 40th minute, with Baumgarten scoring his second. However, Germany fought back and Wellen equalised in the 44th minute before completing his hat-trick two minutes later to put the favourites 3-2 ahead.

 

In the 60 minute, Jonas Gomoll made the best of a confusing situation in the French circle to blast the ball past Reynaud, while Christopher Rühr, the competition’s top-scorer, scored his ninth goal in New Delhi as Germany lifted the trophy for the sixth time.

 

Malaysia were earlier outplayed by the Netherlands in the third-place playoff, losing 7-2 in an entertaining encounter. The Dutch drew first blood in the third minute when captain Roel Bovendeert progressed along the back line, attempted a high shot and put in the rebound following a save by the goalkeeper.

 

Malaysia (in blue) finished fourth after losing 7-2 to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff.

Malaysia (in blue) missed out on the medals after losing 7-2 to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff.

Netherlands added a second three minutes later through Thierry Brinkman, before Zulhairi Hashim pulled one back from a penalty-corner, making it 2-1 in the seventh minute. Following a penalty-corner in the 18th minute, Tom Hiebendaal fired in from a goalmouth scramble to make it 3-1.

 

Malaysia looked dangerous with a couple of penalty-corners, but Jan De Wijkerslooth stood tall in the Orange goal to thwart the attempts.

 

The Netherlands increased their lead in the 23rd minute though Milan Van Baal with a sweet deflection behind his back for his sixth goal of the competition, while Brinkman soon scored his second to make it 5-1 at the break.

 

At the start of the second period, Hiebendaal scored his second of the match, a carbon copy of Van Baal’s deflection behind the back. Malaysia’s cause was not helped when Hashim picked up a yellow card for a reckless diving tackle that put Bovendeert out of the game for a while.

 

The Netherlands took advantage of the numerical advantage as Jelle Galema scored their seventh goal with 18 minutes left on the clock, while Hashim – back on the pitch – pulled back one back from a penalty-corner on the hour mark.

 

Australia finished fifth after beating Belgium 3-2 in a penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw in regulation time, while Korea lost 4-2 to New Zealand in the seventh-place playoff in the day’s first match.

 

Korea (in red) lost 4-2 to New Zealand in the seventh-place playoff.

Korea (in red) lost 4-2 to New Zealand in the seventh-place playoff.

Jeremy Morris put the Black Sticks ahead in the 11th minute with a powerful backhand that went through the keeper, but Korea soon equalised when You Min-young pounced on a cross that was mishandled by the New Zealand defence. Kane Russell continued the scoring spree with a penalty-corner flick that was nearly stopped by the keeper’s stick before trickling over the line.

 

Korea equalised in the 26th minute when the ball slightly brushed off Richard Joyce’s pads and the video-umpire decided on an own goal. The see-saw continued as New Zealand regained the lead just before half-time with another penalty-corner by Russell.

 

Korea had their first penalty-corner in the 40th minute, but ace-striker You Seung-ju attempted a fancy option that fizzled out and also missed the next penalty-corner after reverting to his trademark high flick.

 

The East Asian side then missed an open net and two other penalty-corners in quick succession, while New Zealand also missed their good share of chances, especially when Jeremy Morris, alone at the far post, missed a great pass after Russell wiggled his way through the defence.

 

Korea pushed hard for an equaliser in an intense final 10 minutes of the match and instead it was Russell who completed his hat-trick with a penalty-corner in the game’s last play.

 

Hero Junior World Cup 2013, New Delhi, India

 

Germany, winners of the FIH Junior World Cup for a sixth time.

Germany, winners of the FIH Junior World Cup for a sixth time.

December 15

7/8       13:15   KOR – NZL     2-4 (2-3)

5/6       15:30   BEL – AUS      2-2 (1-0); 2-3 SO

3/4       17:45   MAS – NED     2-7 (1-5)

1/2       20:00   FRA – GER      2-5 (1-1)

 

Player of the Tournament: Christopher Rühr (Germany)
Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Edgar Reynaud (France)
Top Scorer: Christopher Rühr (Germany), 9 goals
Goal of the Tournament: Jean-Laurent Kieffer (France), Argentina v France, third French goal (48th minute)

 

Source: FIH

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