Germany walked away with 7th place at the Hero Hockey World League Final in Delhi after defeating Argentina 2-1 in the 7/8 place playoff match.
On the overall performance Germany's Thilo Stralkowski commented: "This was a bad tournament for us, but it is early in the season. All in all, this has been a great tournament and we will go away from here, watch videos of our performance and learn from the things we did not do so well. I think we could do a lot better in defence and we must also look to develop our strengths."
The spectators in the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium witnessed a competitive first half with both teams fighting hard to avoid finishing at the bottom of the table. Facundo Callioni (16’), playing his 100th cap for Argentina, opened the scoring in the middle of the first half when his skilful backhand stroke defeated Tim Jessulat in the German goal. However, the Olympic champions provided a quick response when Benjamin Wess struck back from open play. At halftime the score was tight at 1-1.
The second half saw Argentina battling hard for another goal but the Lions couldn’t break through the German defence. In fact, the next goal was scored by Germany’s Tobias Matania (60’) against the run of play. Argentina continued to play at a high tempo but couldn’t turn pressure into goals. “It was a strange game from my point of view. The umpires kept it really tight. We played a good first half but could not convert our chances. We have a lot of things to work on”, said Germany coach Markus Weise.
His Argentine counterpart Carlos Retegui added: “It was a good tournament for us. If you look at all participating teams here I don’t think we are number eight. Today we played the Olympic champions, so we had a lot of respect.” Hero Man of the Match, Agustin Mazzilli, said: "We won our opening games against good competition and today we played really well against Germany. We are pleased with our performance in this tournament. Obviously, it would have been nice to win, but this award is a nice consolation."