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POST MATCH CEREMONY-
Best Player- Niklas Wellen
Best Forward of the Tournament Award- Niklas Wellen
Best Midfielder of the Tournament Award- Victor Wegnez
Best Defender of the Tournament Award- Jeremy Hayward
Best Goalkeeper- Vincent Vanasch
Hero Top Scorer- Jeremy Hayward
Best Junior Player- Mustapha Cassiem
Fan’s Choice Award- Christopher Ruhr
Best Team Goal Celebration Award- Korea
Maximum Team Goals Award- Netherlands
Fair Play award- Belgium
GERMANY JOINS NETHERLANDS, AUSTRALIA AND PAKISTAN TO WIN THREE OR MORE WORLD CUP TITLES
BELGIUM VS GERMANY (Match 44)
PLAYER OF THE MATCH- NIKLAS WELLEN
- Cosyns misses Germany 5-4 Belgium AND GERMANY WINS ITS THIRD WC TITLE
- Prinz scores Germany 5-4 Belgium
- Wegnez scores Germany 4-4 Belgium
- Wellen scores Germany 4-3 Belgium
- Germany to go first this time!
- Mats misses Germany 3-3 Belgium
- Kina scores Germany 3-3 Belgium
- Prinz scores Germany 3-2 Belgium
- Cosyns scores Germany 2-2 Belgium
- Miltkau misses Germany 2-1 Belgium
- Wegnez misses Germany 2-1 Belgium
- Muller scores Germany 2-1 Belgium
- Sloover misses Germany 1-1 Belgium
- Wellen scores Germany 1-1 Belgium
- Aubel scores Germany 0-1 Belgium
- AND ITS A PENALTY SHOOTOUT FOR THE FINALS!
- Two consecutive PCs for Germany. Tom Boons levels for the defending champions as it goes past the left side of Stadler! It’s 3-3
- PC for Belgium, but they are unable to score courtesy Hinrichs.
- Video referral for Belgium as they feel it the German defender is not five meters away from him. Video referral is successful. A penalty corner for Belgium.
- A chance for Belgium, but Mats manages to intercept outside the circle and Germany gets the ball.
- This time its not for Grambusch as Simon blocks and takes it away.
- Will the Germans be able to keep up their lead?
- AND YES! THEY SCORE WITH THREE MINUTES OFF THE FOURTH QUARTER.......MATS GRAMBUSCH DOES IT AGAIN AFTER HIS REVERSE STICK FLICK GOES DIAGONALLY TOWARDS THE GOAL! AND GERMANS LEAD FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THIS MATCH!
- Will Germany come from behind like its semifinals against Australia?
- Germany gets a penalty corner! Gonzalo Peillat finds space past the goalkeeper as slings it past Vanasch! GERMANY EQUALISES 2-2
- Wegnes passes one to Dockier, who’s inside the circle, however the Belgian number 9 is unable to touch and deflect the ball.
- Will the Die Honamas come from behind?
- Two penalty corners for Germany. Niklas Wellen on target after dribbling the ball in the air and smashes it to the goal. Germany 1- 2 Belgium
- Boccard tries to flick the ball, but Oruz comes in the way and gets it by the ball and gets medical attention after being escorted outside.
- DID YOU KNOW? Germany’s Tom and Mats Grambusch are siblings.
- Tom tries to get a goal off deflection, but is unable to execute it as his brother Mat deviates it out.
- Penalty stroke for Germany! However, Tom Grambusch fails to make use of it as he hits the right corner of the post and Vanasch saves it.
- Germany’s Niklas Wellen is double teamed to stop him from scoring.
- PC FOR BELGIUM! Stadler dives to his left to save the ball and it’s Germany’s ball/
- Grambusch brothers combine together but are unable to score a goal in the first quarter
- Tom Boon passes it to Kina, who does a reverse stick pass which finds the stick of TanguyCosyns, who deflects it past Stadler! Belgium leads 2-0
- BELGIUM SCORES THE FIRST GOAL AS VAN AUBEL HALF VOLLEYS IT TOWARDS THE KEEPER’S LEFT HAND SIDE
- DID YOU KNOW? This is the first time the two countries are facing each other in the final?
- German attempts entering the Belgian circle, they get a PC as Ludwig was stick tackled inside the circle. Two PCs opportunities, two misses as Peillat flicks one on the defenders stick.
- Belgium’s Cosyns is tackled by three players in the corner, he dodges the attack and pushes the ball past.
- Germany starts the with an attack to the Belgian circle, however, the Belgian attackers does the same but is stopped as Matz Grambusch intercepts and stops.
- The two teams assemble on the field for the national anthems
WHAT HAPPENED THE LAST TIME THE TWO TEAMS FACED EACH OTHER?
Belgium and Germany faced each other in the 2023 Hockey World Cup and drew 2-2.
STARTING XI FOR THE FINALS
AUSTRALIA VS NETHERLANDS (Match 43)
PLAYER OF THE MATCH- THIERRY BRINKMAN
- With few second remaining, its a PC for Australia! Another PC for the Aussies. They fail to make it count as Hayward’s flick lands the ball into a defenders stick, who deflects it. AND THE HOOTER GOES OFF AS NETHERLANDS DEFEATS AUSTRALIA FOR THE THIRD PLACE!
- Netherlands with a player down, tackle Australia in its striking circle.
- Australia removes its goalkeeper, however, Netherlandss Van Ass is not able to make it count. as the ball goes wide
- Reverse stick and cross on the left hand side which goes near the goal line after touching the goalkeeper. However it is not considered as a goal.
- Yellow card shown to Van Dam, who will be out of the field for five minutes as tries to get the ball Brinkman passes while crashing into an Australian defender.
- Heijningen attempts to score, but fails to connect with his teammate, who misses it in the baseline.
- Van Dam runs in the right flank, as Australia chases him and manages to tackle.
- Netherlands scores all its three goals in this quarter as Brinkman gets a brace.
- Brinkman scores again as an aerial ball is collected by Van Dam, the Dutch captain gets the ball, does a reverse and nips it into the goal. Netherlands leads 3-1
- Ockenden gets tackled by Balk as he looses hold of the stick. There are some physical tackles made this game.
- Thierry Brinkman scores after Howard is tackled by Croon inside the Australian circle and the ball is left free for the Dutch captain to utilize and gain a 2-0 lead vs Australia
- Another PC as the ball touches Howards boot! Yet again a PC as it hits Brand’s foot. Jip Janssen scores finally and restores parity for the Dutch as it goes past the defender charging and the goalkeeper Charter!
- Penalty corner for Netherlands as Aussies touch a dangerous ball. However, Jip Janssen is unable to score due to Tim Brand’s defence.
- No goal scored in the second quarter as the Netherlands try to attack but are stopped by the Aussie defence.
- With one minute left, Australia still leads 1-0. Australia seems to be getting more circle penetrations than the Dutch.
- Janssen saves inside his teams circle as Govers loses his footing while attempting a goal near the striking circle.
- Netherlands gets an advantage as Tim Brand gets a two minute suspension with a green card.
- FINALLY A PC FOR NETHERLANDS! Charter saves the ball.
- Jorrit Croon gets a green card after a little push against Ogilvie. Netherlands one player down for two minutes.
- YET ANOTHER PC FOR THE AUSSIES due to the Dutch tackle inside the circle! Hayward offers it to Govers to deflect, but Blaak saves it.
- PENALTY CORNER FOR AUSTRALIA!Hayward scores yet again. Nine goals for him this WC as he flicks to ball in between Blaak and Croon. Australia leads 1-0. THIS IS HAYWARD’S 100TH GOAL IN HIS 200TH MATCH FOR AUSTRALIA
- Zalewski and Govers unable to connect as Australia misses another attempt.
- Wortelboer assists to a player inside the circle, Ogilvie yet again comes to the Kookaburras rescue.
- Harvie to Beale and then Grovers in the circle, who flicks and misses as the ball goes wide.
- Netherlands press hard too early in the game in pursuit of a goal
- Ockenden nearly enters the circle, but the Dutch tackles and the ball possession from the Aussie.
- A close call for the Australians as Wortelboer breaks in to the Aussie circle. However, they are unable to score a goal.
- The teams are on the field with the national anthems of the teams being played.
- MILESTONE ALERT: Jeremy Hayward plays his 200th match for Australia, while his teammate Jake Harvie celebrates his 100th game.
WHAT HAPPENED THE LAST TIME THE TWO TEAMS FACED EACH OTHER?
Netherlands defeated Australia 3-2 in the 2022 Test match.
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PREVIEW- (Uthra Ganesan)
Belgium hockey’s golden generation has already had many firsts to its name, and on Sunday, Felix Denayer and his men would be hoping to add another to their long list of achievements – winning two world titles
in as many final appearances, on the same ground, as they did it four years ago.
The oldest side in the competition has outplayed and outrun younger opponents to be one step away from achieving that but will have to get past a stubborn and dangerous Germany, searching for its third title and improving with every game as the tournament has progressed including upturning the results in the last few minutes. That it has done so the hard way, coming through the crossovers and finding a new star in every victory has ensured the world number three will be high on confidence going into the final match of the competition.
Germany Coach Andre Henning admitted it won’t be easy but insisted the team was looking at maintaining its own positive and structure to triumph. “I have coached them at the Under-18 level and they were already the strongest team in Europe at that time so I saw this coming. We would like to stop them, in the most respectful way, but to be honest, I don’t think they are vulnerable or have any disadvantage, so it won’t be easy,” he said.
“They are clearly the best team at the moment and we respect them a lot for what they have achieved in the last couple of years. What we have done is to look at our own qualities, the high zonal press through the midfield which has always been Germany’s strength and we have been improving on it a lot,” he explained.
All things being equal, it just might come down to the one word Henning insisted on: attitude. Germany’s last-second goals in the last couple of games have been all about belief despite trailing and staying in the game right through, and it would also be Belgium’s biggest challenge.
The team had had a comparatively easier journey barring the semifinal when it had to dig deep and come back from being down twice to win in the shootout. But it has also had to suffer the loss of Alexander Hendrickx to injury, although that hasn’t affected its scoring prowess in any way with Tom Boon stepping in effortlessly into the role aside from finding the net on his own upfront. The team has also appeared determined to be out to prove those questioning their age wrong, falling back on the same attitude that has made them reigning world and Olympic champions.
The last time the two sides met, in the pool stage of the competition here, they shared honours in a game where neither slipped up. On Sunday, there will be a clear winner and regardless of who it might be, there will be no shortage of intensity on the field.
Earlier in the day, Australia will take on the Netherlands with both teams hoping to go back with a medal from the competition even if it isn’t the one they would have wished for. Both teams finished on the podium in 2018 and have faltered in the semifinals, but will be hoping to end on a high. Australia last finished outside the medal bracket in 1998, interestingly hosted by the Dutch, and Colin Batch would not want that to happen again but a hurting Netherlands can be expected to come out firing.
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