Day 6 at the Tokyo Olympic Games

Germany suffered a painful defeat against South Africa at the Olympic Games in Tokyo on Thursday. The number sixteen in the world was too strong with 4-3. After the 9-4 win against South Africa, Belgium also scored nine times against Canada (9-1). India won 3-1 against Argentina.

Day 6 Tokyo Olympic Games

South Africa-Germany 4-3 (2-3)

Head coach Kais al Saadi stood in the dugout when the buzzer signaled the end of the game. Defeated substitutes tapped their heads softly against the boards with their heads bowed. The disbelief dripped from Germany, which played without stars Mats Grambusch and Christopher Rühr, but nevertheless surprisingly lost 4-3 to South Africa.

Scorer of the winning goal, Mustaphaa Cassiem, wept with happiness sitting in the dugout. His teammates celebrated as if they had become Olympic champions. It was a brilliant victory for South Africa, their first at these Olympics.

‘8 Timm Herzbruch 0-1 (sc)
‘9 Matt Guise-Brown 1-1
’13 Keenan Horne 2-1
’22 Lucas Windfeder 2-2 (sc)
’24 Constantin Staib 2-3
’45 Nicholas Spooner 3-3
’48 Mustaphaa Cassiem 4-3

Florian Fuchs missed a (difficult) chance at the end of 4-4. Photo: FIH/WorldSportPics

Belgium v ​​Canada 9-1 (3-1) 

Just like against South Africa, Belgium also scored nine goals against Canada. The Red Lions are in top form and are at the top of group B with twelve points after four games. Penalty corner specialist Alexander Hendrickx again dragged in two penalty corners. With nine goals, he leads the top scorers list of the Olympic tournament.

’12 Alexander Hendrickx 1-0 (sc)
’15 Mark Pearson 1-1
’29 Sébastien Dockier 2-1
’32 Sébastien Dockier 3-1
’39 Felix Denayer 4-1
’40 Alexander Hendrickx 5-1 (sc)
’43 Simon Gougnard 61
’45 Cédric Charlier 7-1
’51 Tom Boon 8-1 (sc)
’55 Florent van Aubel 9-1

Alexander Hendrickx made the 1-0 and gets a hand from captain Felix Denayer. Photo: FIH/WorldSportPics

India v Argentina 3-1 (0-0)

Two minutes before time it was still 1-1 with India-Argentina. Vivek Prasad then made it 2-1 and Harmanpreet Singh made it 3-1 from a penalty corner. It was an important victory for India, which is certain of the quarterfinals and after four games is second in group A, behind leaders Australia.

The loss of points was painful for Argentina, as Carlos Retegui’s team is now fifth. Only the top four qualify for the quarterfinals. Argentina has four points, as many as Spain and New Zealand. Argentina will play the fifth and final game against New Zealand, Spain against league leaders Australia.

’43 Varun Kumar 1-0 (sc)
’48 Maico Cassella 1-1 (sc)
’58 Vivek Prasad 2-1
’59 Harmanpreet Singh 3-1 (sc)

Lucas Vila of Argentina and Manpreet Singh of India. Photo: FIH/WorldSportPics

Netherlands – Great Britain 2-2 (1-0)

For fifty minutes, the Netherlands finally played a solid match against Great Britain at the Games in Tokyo on Thursday. But after the British came back from nowhere to 2-1, panic struck again in the Netherlands. The team of coach Max Caldas eventually got away with a 2-2 draw in the Oi Hockey Stadium, although the Orange could have won with five corners in the last minute. 

’22 Thierry Brinkman 1-0
’31 Jip Janssen (sc) 2-0
’52 Sam Ward 2-1
’57 Sam Ward (sc) 2-2

Read the match report below.

Group A

4.New Zealand411210124

Group B

5.South Africa410312203

*to the quarterfinals

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