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Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 12:32:00 AM
Saturday December 14, 2013 MYT 12:44:02 AM
by s. ramaguru
NEW DELHI: Defending champions Germany set themselves up for a sixth title when they stormed into the final of the Junior World Cup after a 5-3 win over Holland in the second semi-final here on Friday.
They will play France in an all-European final and will start as the overwhelming favourite to bag the title.
The Germans have been the most successful team in the Junior World Cup, having won five titles in 1982, 1985, 1989, 1993 and 2009
Two well executed penalty corner 10 minutes apart saw the Germans taking a comfortable lead in the match against the Dutch.
Lukas Windfeder was the man who made the early goals with a direct drag flick n the fourth and 14th minutes.
The Dutch were simply unable to overcome the tight German defence that was well marshalled by Mathias Muller.
The Germans increased their lead in the 47th minute through Christopher Ruhr, who has now scored in every match the Germans had played in the tournament to take his tally to six.
It would have seemed that the Germans were in cruise control.
But the tide changed in the 49th minute when the German goalkeeper Victor Ally fouled a Dutch player in the D. A penalty stroke was awarded and Tom Hiebendaal converted to give his team a lifeline.
A minute later the Dutch came charging again and this time Thierry Brinkman was the scorer as they narrowed the gap to one goal.
Then in then 60th minute the Dutch found the equaliser when another penalty stroke was given for a foul inside the D.
Hiebendaal again scored and the match seemed to turn against the Germans.
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