Home Hockey Champions Trophy 2016 Defending Champions hold Belgium to a 4-4 draw

Defending Champions hold Belgium to a 4-4 draw

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On the second day of the Champions Trophy 2016, the defending Champions, Germany scored late in the match for the second time in two days to change the course of match from what could have been a loss to a satisfying 4-4 draw.

In a rain affected match where 30 minutes were lost due to torrential rainstorm, Belgium fell behind to Germany twice before the half time break, with Sebastian Dockier and Arthur van Doren cancelling out strikes from Germany’s Tobias Hauke and Marco Miltkau.

Once the play was resumed after half time break which went longer that usual, thanks to rainstorm, another four goals arrived, with Belgium moving 4-2 ahead thanks to Alexandre de Paeuw and a brilliant individual effort from Florent van Aubel.

Florent van Aubel, who was playing his 150th International match made sure that his appearance was counted on the scoreboard. But late in the match, just when it looked like a Red Lions match, the Germans hit back with two goals in three minutes to save the team from the loss. Miltkau picked up his second goal in the bargain while Oli Korn scored his first to secure a second successive draw for his team. This match also marked the 100th International appearance for Nico Jacobi, the German Goalie.

Speaking about the match, Germany goalkeeper Nico Jacobi, said“It was good that we got a draw in the end, coming back from two goals down is good to see and shows that we can come back”.

“The first half was really positive ahead of our next games and in terms of our progress towards Rio. I think we are in a good way,” he concluded.