The German hockey men also won a second duel with Olympic champions Argentina in Buenos Aires within 24 hours. The German Hockey Association (DHB) selection was clearly ahead 3–0 (1–0) and underlined its top form almost three months before the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Frang won his second Pro League match against Argentina 3–1 (2–0).
Christopher Ruhr (25th), Martin Zwicker (37th) and Constantin Staub (46th) met to select national coach Cass Al Saadi. “It was a tough fight. Argentina always plays very physically. But we countered well. With such an inexperienced team we are performing like this, this team’s new identity shows “Stir said.
DHB’s team won the first 3–3 on Saturday. Ruhr and Staub had already met there, and budding Louis Gill was also successful. The next games are planned in late May against India and New Zealand in Hamburg.
Meanwhile, the women won thanks to goals from Charlotte Stapenhurst (3G), Pauline Heinz (24th) and Pia Mertens (31st). The team lost the first duel 2-3 in the shoot out. “That was one step more today than on Saturday because they put even more heads and hearts into it”National coach Xavier Reckinger said, “I’m very proud of the girls – after all, it was the second in the world.”
At the Olympic Games in Tokyo (July 23 to August 8), the men’s teams will not initially meet again. Germany play in Group B against Belgium, Netherlands, Great Britain, Canada and South Africa. Argentina start in Group A.