Fuchs laments missed German chances

16th August 2016

Florian Fuchs says things just didn’t fall Germany’s way today as their reign as Olympic gold medalists ended after an eight-year reign in a 5-2 result against Argentina.

“It’s very disappointing right now. It’s tough, 5-2 sounds really, really bad. I think we had many goal-scoring opportunities which didn’t fall for us today. The goalkeeper [Juan Vivaldi] saved them all.

“They did what they can do best and that’s on a really high level, score goals, be efficient and play well in the defence.”

Gonzalo Peillat gave Argentina the perfect start with three goals from three corner chances and they never looked back, Joaquin Menini and Lucas Vila adding the others before Germany got two back in the closing stages.

Fuchs said of Peillat: “That’s their strength, to gain penalty corners and then convert them into goals. He’s a world-class striker, no doubt about it.

“It’s also a great day for him scoring three out of three in the beginning. That’s not usual. Even a world class penalty flicker probably doesn’t score so many.”

Peillat, meanwhile, said his side now have the belief to go all the way in the competition.

“It’s really exciting. Now we can do it [win a gold medal]. We are in the final. We have to think about all the things we did to arrive to this part of the tournament.”

“We watched a lot of videos of the Germans before this game. We had three corners in the first part of the game and then we scored three-from-three so it was good, happy.”

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