Host nation Argentina finished the round-robin at the top of the standings in pool B at the Argentina Hockey World League Semi-Final in Buenos Aires.
Host nation Argentina finished the round-robin at the top of the standings in pool B at the Argentina Hockey World League Semi-Final in Buenos Aires. The “Leones” celebrated a narrow 1-0 win over Spain thanks to a late Facundo Callioni strike. Earlier, Germany had beaten Canada 9-0 to secure the second place in the pool. Canada finished third, Spain fourth. The quarter-final on Thursday will see Argentina playing Japan, Germany taking on Korea, Canada facing New Zealand and Spain meeting the Netherlands.
Match 17: Germany v Canada 9-0 (5-0)
The Olympic champions grabbed their third win at the Argentina Hockey World League Semi-Final in Buenos Aires following a convincing 9-0 over Canada.
Germany started the match with real intent. Thanks to a Florian Fuchs’s double-strike the Olympic Champions were 2-0 up after only four minutes. Fuchs finished a beautiful solo-run, slotting home from close range one minute later. The world’s number 3 remained the dominant side throughout the first quarter with Christopher Rühr (6’) and Niklas Wellen (7’) increasing the lead to 4-0 after seven minutes.
The Germans took control of the game and dominated possession also throughout the second quarter with Mats Grambusch (29’) adding another goal to secure a convincing 5-0 halftime lead. The second half saw Moritz Fürste (36’), Tobias Hauke (38’), Rühr (45’) and Christopher Zeller (49’) adding more goals to seal a convincing 9-0 victory.
Thoughts on the match
Tobias Hauke (GER)
“This was a good day and also a good reaction after the loss against Argentina. It was our aim today to work on our strengths, to play a good match and to defend at least the second place in the pool. I think we can be satisfied.”
Brenden Bisset (CAN)
“This is not what we had expected. Next time we need to come out a lot better.”
Match 20: Spain v Argentina 0-1 (0-0)
The “Leones” maintained their perfect record at the Argentina Hockey Champions Trophy in Buenos Aires with a narrow 1-0 win over Spain. The game winning goal was scored by Facundo Callioni with three minutes remaining.
The first half saw strong play from both sides but not many scoring opportunities. Spain knew that they have to win this encounter to avoid finishing fourth in pool B. The Red Sticks fought hard to get on the scoreboard but they were unable to break through the Argentine defence.
FIH rising star Gonzalo Peillat was close to scoring in the third quarter but his attempt was saved on the line. The winner was scored by Callioni on 58 minutes when he went on a solo-run beating all in his path to give Argentina the lead much to the delight of the crowd in the sold out stadium at CeNARD.
Thoughts on the match
Bosco Perez-Pla (ESP)
“We played and defended very well but it is what it is. We did everything to win this game. We went into one-on-one in the last five minutes and tried to force something. It was unlucky that Argentina scored but in the end a draw wouldn’t have been enough for us either.”
Facundo Callioni (ARG)
“This was a very difficult match because Spain had to win it to avoid playing Holland in the quarter-final. We had to wait to take the initiative and our plan worked out.”