FIH Indoor World Cup Roundup (Men): A look at Wednesday‘s games (Part Two)
This article is a continuation of the FIH Indoor World Cup Roundup – A look at Wednesday‘s games. In previous part, I described the victories of Austria and Russia. Now I will take a look on the games between Czech Republic and Iran and Germany versus Australia.
Czech Republic 4 – Iran 3
Czech Republic after a hard fight overpowered debutants Iran by one goal. Iran and Czech Republic have lost their first day games in the hands of Austria and England respectively.
The game started at very fast tempo, as Iranian Yaghoub Bahrami carried out an attack in the opening minutes of the match but failed to break the opponents’ defence-line.
Stepan Bernatek of Czech Republic scored first goal of the game in the 13th minute and accompanied by a point from Ondrej Vudmaska in the 13th minute. Iran remained scoreless in the first-half action.
David Vacek of Czech team scored a field goal in the 27th minute and extended the lead to three goals. Iranian attack came alive after conceding three goals and Reza Norouzzadeh scored first goal of the day in the 30th minute and cut
the lead down to two goals.
Bernatek notched another goal for Czech Republic in the 32nd minute and expanded the lead again to three goals.
The Iranian team played very fast game in the last five minutes, as Abbas Aroei and Masoud Bohlooli added two more goals in the 36th and 38th minutes respectively and cut the Czech lead down to a single goal. The Iranian boys stormed
Czech’s goalmouth in the last moments but failed to make a tie up and lost the game, 4-3.
Germany 11 – Australia 2
Germany, the title winner of the previous two editions of the Indoor World Cup, managed second victory against Australia in the second day of the tournament. They not only acquired the game but with great margin of nine goals.
Germans thrashed Namibia by eighteen goals in the opening game of the tournament. On the other side, Australia has lost the first game in the hands of Poland by two goals.
The contest between the duo teams was started at very high tone, as Germans wanted to conclude the match with a huge margin.
Matthias Witthaus was the German player who marked first goal of the contest through a flicking hit in the fifth minute of the game. After that the blazing guns continued to hurl fires against Australia till the last minute and obtained ten more goals in
the game. Moritz Furste marked a goal in the sixth minute of the game and doubled the tally.
Among the leading scorers, Thilo Stralkowski was on the top with four goals. He made first goal in the 9th, two in the 27th and last point in the 39th minute. Another German star, Oskar Deecke added three goals in the 15th,
31st and 35th minutes.
Christopher Zeller converted a penalty stroke in the 12th minute while Maximilian Muller, the captain of the German team added a point in the 39th minute of the match.
From the other side, two goals were scored by Joshua Poulton and Matthew Swann in the 22nd and 28th minutes.
The Kookaburras though displayed a mature game in the second half but Nicolas Jacobi; the goalie of the German team could not allow them to mark goals. The legendary team of Germany acquired the game by nine goals, 11-2.
To be continued………….