London. German women’s hockey made a successful start in the FIH Pro League matches against Great Britain. National coach Xavier Reckinger’s team won the first two doubles in London 3: 2 (1: 1).
Charlotte Stephenhorst (57th minute), the winner of the match in third place in the table, had his goal in the final stages. Prior to that, Jet Fletzots (14th) had equaled the lead of the Olympic champions with her first international goal, Lena Michael (41st).
However, the German men had to concede defeat to the British with 3: 5 (3: 4). “We are not completely upset and we are angry that we did not win an international match,” said national coach Gais al-Saadi. For his strong revival team, the five-match winning streak came to an end. Nevertheless, the DHB ranked second on the selection list.
Moritz Rothlander (1st minute) put the Germans ahead just seconds before the British were trailing 3-1. Before Harry Martin (32nd) reached the final score of 5: 3, Theis Prince (20th) and Paul Tosh (28th) were reduced to 2: 3 and 3: 4, respectively. This Thursday the women (9pm) and the men (6pm) will face each other again in London.
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