Germans top Dutch in field hockey

AFP-JIJI

Germany won the Olympic men’s hockey title for the second successive time by beating the Netherlands, the former champion, 2-1 in a blood-and-thunder final on Saturday.

Both goals were scored by Jan Philipp Rabente, who denied the Dutch their dream of becoming the first nation to win both hockey golds at the same games.

It was also frustrating for the Dutch as they had beaten the Germans in their pool match earlier in these games.

But this is a very resilient German team, which it proved by scoring three late goals to defeat world champion Australia in the semifinals.

“For the Dutch it was harder to play the final because until then they had never had any difficulty,” said Germany coach Markus Weise. “We had lost one and drawn one and we had something to think about.”

Dutch manager Paul van Ass said: “I have to say the Germans defended superbly today. We are very skilful, but the Germans won it despite our skills.”