Pool B : South Africa 0-1 (HT: 0-0) Germany
Germany Goalscorer: Eileen Hoffman 30 (F)
The second match of the day saw came from Pool B as South Africa took on Germany at the Investec London Cup. The Germans, ranked third in the world, won the game 1-0, despite a gutsy performance from South Africa who made their opponents fight very hard for the narrowest victory.
The first half was evenly fought with very few chances for either side. Germany looked dangerous on the attack and it was Eileen Hoffman who made the breakthrough for her side after 30 minutes to score what proved to be the decisive goal. The second half saw more even play, however it was South Africa who looked the most likely to score in the closing minutes, winning a series of penalty corners but it was not to be and the game finished 1-0.
Speaking after the game, Germany’s Head Coach Michael Behrmann said, “We have had three weeks off coming into this tournament and that showed at times today, however we won our first match and that is really important on the way to London.”
South African Assistant Coach, Fabian Gregory, said “After the high of yesterday [when South Africa beat Great Britain 3-1] it was a bit tough today, but I think the girls can be extremely proud and I’m excited about the progress we have made.”
Germany’s match with Great Britain is a ‘must win’ tie for the hosts, for whom a two goal victory is required if they are to make Saturday’s semi finals.
Great Britain Hockey Press Release