Niklas Boeserhoff (Germany, l.) and Simon Gaugnard (Belgium, r.) fight for the ball in Tokyo.
Photo: Bernadette Szabo/Reuters
After their opening win against Canada, the men’s hockey team suffered its first defeat. The Belgian world champions were very strong. The prospects are still good going forward.
DThe German hockey men suffered their first defeat in the second group game at the Olympic tournament in Tokyo. In a duel with world champions Belgium, national coach Kais Al Saadi’s team lost 1:3 (0:2) on Monday morning (local time), but still has a very good chance of making the quarter-finals. . Martin Hainer scored the only German goal in the final section. Initially, the DHB selection won a mandatory 7–1 win against Canada.
Five minutes later Niklas Boserhoff ran a sharp cross through Cédric Charlier into his own goal, only to have Belgium rise (7th) a short time later. In the third quarter, the hitherto excellent Alexander Hendrix converted a penalty corner for Belgium in his fourth tournament goal. The German team created several chances in this section, but failed for a long time due to strong Belgian goalkeeper Vincent Vanash.
After a penalty corner, Heiner (51st) scored his second goal in Tokyo, but the German final attack was unsuccessful. On Tuesday (5.15am CEST), the German men will meet Great Britain in a crucial game about a good starting position for the knockout rounds. After an early 2-1 win over the British, the German women will take on India this Monday (2.15 pm).
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