Flawless German shoot-out lands men’s bronze

Posted On 18th August 2016

Germany produced a perfect shoot-out performance to claim the men’s Olympic bronze medal, scoring all four of their efforts while Nicolas Jacobi kept out two Dutch efforts to win it 4-2.

It came at the end of a titanic tussle in normal time with Jorrit Croon’s third quarter goal cancelled out by Mats Grambusch in the 41st minute.

The first half ended scoreless, primarily thanks to Sander de Wijn’s incredible save from Florian Fuchs. The German striker had rounded Jaap Stockmann but could not find a way passed the cover defence despite smashing at goal.

Moritz Fuerste and Tom Grambusch both had drag-flicks go off target while, at the other end, Jeroen Hertzberger and Mirco Pruyser had shots go narrowly off the mark.

Matthias Muller deflected another effort onto the bar to leave the scoreboard blank before the game burst into life in the second period.

Jorrit Croon produced an audacious turn on the right of the circle to send two defenders the wrong way, opening the space to attack the baseline from where he slipped the ball through Nicolas Jacobi for 1-0.

Martin Haner, though, created the equaliser when he powered into the circle, spotting a gap in the cover defence, before pushing for the corner. It was en route to the goal before Mats Grambusch made extra sure.

Both sides went close to taking the lead, Christopher Ruhr first for Germany but found Stockmann in good form to stop his shot. Mink van der Weerden then drew a brilliant stop on the line from Muller to a powerful drag-flick.

Fuerste saw another pair of drag-flicks charged down while Linus Butt somehow saw his shot from close range blocked by Jaap Stockmann when half the goal was open for him.

Billy Bakker almost inspired a winner for the Dutch with his turn and burn, setting up Rogier Hofman but Jacobi was equal to his shot at goal, meaning the tie was destined for the shoot-out.

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