Semi Final 2:
Germany 2-3 (HT: 1-0) Australia
Germany Goalscorer: Maike Stockel 5 (F), Eileen Hoffman 49 (F)
Australia Goalscorer: Emily Smith 54 (F), Kobie McGurk 65 (F), Anna Flanagan 70 (PC)
The second semi final of the day saw world number three side Germany take on Australia, ranked four places below them. It was a tale of the underdog as the Hockeyroos came from behind in dramatic style to take the game 3-2 in the dying seconds and book their place in Sunday’s Investec London Cup Final.
Following a narrow victory over Great Britain on Thursday evening Germany came into the game as winners of Pool B, whilst Australia had finished second to the Netherlands in Pool A.
Maike Stockel’s fifth minute goal gave Germany the early advantage and the European silver medal winners went two goals up thanks to a goal from Eileen Hoffman almost midway through the second half. But, the seemingly in control Germans found themselves on the end of a second half Hockeyroo comeback as Emily Smith, Kobie McGurk and Anna Flanagan all found the target in the final 16 minutes. With the match seemingly headed for a shoot-out competition, Australia were awarded a penalty corner just as the clock hit 70 minutes and the score at 2-2. With the hooter gone, Flanagan’s powerful flick flew high into the net sparking wild scenes of celebration from the girls in yellow and setting up a clash with Olympic Champions the Netherlands on Sunday. Germany will now face South Africa in the battle for the bronze medal.
Speaking after the game Australian Head Coach Adam Commens said, “Overall I’m pleased with the result, although slightly disappointed with some aspects, especially ball control, which is an area we’ve been looking to progress.”
Following the narrow defeat Germany Head Coach Michael Behrmann said, “We had a really good first half and showed good control. In the second half we had chances to make it 3-1, but the Australians put on a lot of pressure towards the end. It was disappointing to lose in the final seconds.”
Great Britain Hockey Press Release