Pool B winners Germany (WR: 4) defeated European champions the Netherlands (WR: 4) in the last of the quarter-final matches, but needed a shoot-out to do so as the team that finished fourth in Pool A produced their best performance of the competition.
Talking about the game, Haner said, “It was quite an intense game. They were up and then we were up and with 24 seconds left, we conceded the goal. We were good in the shootout. So, at the end, we are happy to be through to the semis.”
Julius Meyer gave Germany the lead with a thumping strike in the 12th minute, but it was the Netherlands who went into half time thanks to two second quarter goals from Mirco Pruijser and Bjorn Kellerman, the latter being created thanks to a wonderful run and spin from Seve van Ass.
Die Honamas reclaimed the lead thanks to a backhand effort from Constantin Staib, who netted seconds after Netherlands player Tristan Alegra was shown a yellow card. It was a lead Germany held until 25 seconds from the end of the match, with Pruijser scoring a dramatic equaliser from close range to force a shoot-out. Billy Bakker and Robbert Kemperman both failed to convert their chances, and despite an early miss from Florian Fuchs, Germany won the shoot-out 4-3 with Christopher Rühr scoring the decisive goal.
It was really tough, and the Dutch played at the top level”, said Florian Fuchs after the match. “We defended really well in the first half but it slipped away in the second half. It was a great match for the spectators.”
RESULTS – DAY 7: Quarter-Finals
England 2, Argentina 3.
Man of the Match, presented by Odisha New Opportunities: Juan Gilardi (ARG)
Junior Player of the Match, presented by ONGC: Liam Sanford (ENG)
Germany 3, Netherlands 3. (Germany win 4-3 after Shoot-Out)
Man of the Match, presented by Odisha New Opportunities: Florian Fuchs (GER)
Junior Player of the Match, presented by ONGC: Joep de Mol (NED)