Saturday, August 11, 2012
Australia drops Britain for bronze
LONDON -- Germany defeated the Netherlands 2-1 Saturday to win its second straight Olympic field hockey title and spoil a bid for a Dutch double in the sport.
Jan Philipp Rabente scored twice, getting a goal in the 33rd minute and the game winner with five minutes to go. Mink van der Weerden tied it for the Dutch in the 53rd minute with his tournament-best eighth goal.
The Dutch had to hoped to pull off the first Olympic double after their women's team beat Argentina 2-0 on Friday. Instead, the German men matched the Dutch women: Both repeated as champions.
The Germans' fourth gold left them only behind India, the eight-time champs.
Coach Markus Weise earned his third straight gold after also leading the German women at the 2004 Athens Games and the men at 2008 Beijing Games.
By the amount of chances, the Dutch should have taken a big lead by halftime, but German goalkeeper Max Weinhold keep them from scoring. On the first German goal, midfielder Rabente ran around Sander Baart into the circle, ran away from Robert van der Horst and scored between two defenders and past goalie Jaap Stockmann.
After Van der Weerden scored, Rabente gave Germany back the lead.
With five minutes to go, he shot and thought he'd scored, and kept running behind the net from the left side. But Stockmann stopped the shot and the ball was cleared, only for Tobias Hauke to fire it back in. Benjamin Wess gave it a nudge back toward the goal and Rabente came around from behind the goal on the right post to steer it in for the game winner.
Earlier Saturday, Australia won a men's field hockey medal for a sixth straight Olympics, beating Britain 3-1 for the bronze.
The fourth bronze in five Olympics, however, was only a consolation prize. The top-ranked and world champion Australians came to London confident of winning their second gold.
Australia dominated possession against a British team trying to win its first medal since it won the 1988 Games. Britain's fourth-place finish was its best Olympic finish since Seoul.
Simon Orchard and Jamie Dwyer had penalty corner goals for Australia and Kieran Govers added another score. Iain Lewers scored for Britain.