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FIH Hockey World Cup: Weller Hattrick Helps Germany Beat South Korea 7-2

Germany only managed seven goals while needing a victory by an eight-goal margin

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INDIA: Germany’s 7-2 victory over South Korea on Friday at the Birsa Munda International Stadium was insufficient to jump Belgium for the top spot, which required a win by eight goals in its final World Cup Pool B match.

Germany vs South Korea

With Niklas Wellen’s goal in the first minute, the two-time champions got off to a quick start and set themselves up nicely. 

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After Martin Zwicker dispossessed Korea in its half, the ball went to Wellen, who spun away from his defender and scored with a reverse hit.

Germany, led by Andre Henning, had three opportunities to score from penalty corners but failed. Jonghyun Jang hit it low to the right of Alexander Stadler from a penalty corner in the final seconds of the first quarter to give Korea the equalizing goal.

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Wellen scored once more in the first minute of the second half. Teo Hinrichs sprinted to find the striker, who ran in front of a defender and hit it on the half-turn. They could not score in the second quarter despite Germany’s possession and circle penetrations.

In the second half, both teams were level, with Moritz Trompertz shooting a tomahawk effort over the bar and Stadler keeping an eye out for two dangerous shots into the goalmouth area. 

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It was aggressive hockey from beginning to end, but Germany took the lead from a turnover. Hannes Muller was played in by Thies Prinz, who set up an unmarked Weller to score his hat trick with a quick finish.

From a penalty corner two minutes later, former Argentina international Gonzalo Peillat scored his first World Cup goal for Germany with a fierce drag-flick that deflected off a defender and found the back of the net.

Germany increased their intensity in the final quarter to outscore Belgium and frighten the defending champions. 

After picking up a loose ball, Justus Weigand gave Peillat’s shot from the circle a light touch. Then, in the 52nd minute, Moritz Ludwig and Mats Grambusch scored two goals in a row.

Even though Germany had an 8-minute lead, it could not penetrate the thick Korean defense inside the circle. Korea capitalized on Stadler’s departure in search of goals by winning a penalty corner in the final minute when Jang converted a drag-flick.

In the crossovers on Monday, Germany will face France to advance to the final eight stages.

Also Read: FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup: Belgium Wallops Japan 7-1 in One-sided Match


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