On its way to second successive win, Germany surprised Argentina 3-2 in the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup in London on Wednesday. The win for the sixth ranked Germans over third ranked Argentina takes it to top of pool C.
All five goals in the game, including a brace by Charlotte Stapenhorst of Germany, came in the first half.
In this World Cup, teams finishing at top of each of four pools will directly qualify for quarter-finals while second and third placed teams will fight it out to decide remaining four quarter-final berths.
With this win, Germany has strengthened its claims of qualifying from the pool as it had beaten South Africa in the opener. Though Argentina had also won its opener against Spain, it needed a win to stay in hunt for direct qualifier.
Germany must owe today’s win to Charlotte Stapenhorst who scored two brilliant goals after Hannah Gablac had given it lead in the sixth minute. Charlotte scored in the 20th and 25th minutes.
It was Florence Habif, who deflected in a penalty corner shot to score the first goal for Argentina and make the score 1-1 in the 15th minute. Incidentally, Argentina got both its goals at the dying moments of the first and second quarters.
The second goal came in the 30th minute when Mario Ortiz found the target after a brilliant run.
Though the South Americans went all out in the second half, they could not get the equaliser.