Bhubaneswar, 08 December 2014: Post securing a win each from the two matches played, both Argentina and Germany are now ready to clash against each other tomorrow in their third match of the Hero Men’s Champions Trophy being played at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. Sitting on the same position in the pool table, both teams will be aiming for a win and going up the ladder in this final pool stage match.
The 3rd ranked Germany in the FIH world rankings, made a winning start with a score of 1-0 in the opening match against the host India and stood up high in confidence but sadly lost to the Netherlands by 1-4 in its second match.
While, Argentina, standing on the 7th position in the FIH world rankings, went blank against a clash with the Netherlands with a score of 0-3 in the opener, and earned a 4-2 win against India in the second match gearing up assertively for the subsequent match.
High in spirits, both the teams are placed in Pool B and determined to play an exciting game aspiring to top the pool table.
The two teams have lately clashed with each other in Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014 played at Netherlands where Argentina won the match against Germany scoring finishing at 1-0. They had also met previously in the Hero Hockey World League 2014 where a tense 7th/8th place match was played out between the two teams wherein Germany grabbed a 2-1 win against Argentina.
Argentina Lucas Vila was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match for playing a splendid game in the recent match played against India.
Commenting on the next match scheduled, Argentina Captain Matias Paredes said, “I am very proud and happy about the way our team has been performing throughout. Though, we lost our first match against Netherlands, we are pretty confident on showcasing a good game play this time. I look forward to the next game and hope we play passionately leading the team towards the trophy.”
Speaking on the upcoming match, Argentina Coach Carlos Retegui said, “We have some of the really tough pool games and we have to work hard in getting in the shape and form for the next matches. I am satisfied with the manner we have played our games keeping in my all our strategies and look forward to a wintomorrow.”
Excited about the next match, Germany Captain Tobias Hauke said, “After two matches played, we are quite certain on winning the match tomorrow. We have a very young team with a set of talented players and this will benefit us to beat Argentina. We aim to do better in keeping the possession of the ball and have to work hard in defending better as a team.”
Commenting on the approaching match, Germany Coach Markus Weise said, “We are packed with confidence this time and in full form to take the upcoming challenges. The team is working hard to improve their skills on the field. We look forward to giving a tough time to the opponents and finishing the tournament leading the pool table.”