In a nerve-wracking game, the German men’s hockey team won the world championship for the first time in 17 years. In the final in Bhubaneswar, India, the DHB selection prevailed 5:4 in a penalty shoot-out against defending champion Belgium. In an exciting and hard-fought game, Niklas Wellen, Gonzalo Peilet, and captain Mats Gramnbusch scored the goals for the hockey men. Having now won three World Cup titles, Germany, together with Australia and the Netherlands, is just behind record world champions India. “It’s amazing that we’re winning today. I’m speechless,” said Wellen, who was named Player of the Match. “It was a team effort from us. Coming back three times in knockout games is not luck but shows the quality
They did it!
The COMEBACK KINGS of #HWC2023 are crowned WORLD CHAMPIONS 💪
Insane scenes after the win #HockeyInvites #HockeyEquals #Germany #WorldCup @DHB_hockey pic.twitter.com/TSD1RGPkKo — International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) January 29, 2023
The DHB team had already prevailed against England in the quarter-finals and against Australia in the semi-finals in tight games shortly before the end and in the penalty shoot-out. The game against Belgium was the second meeting between the two nations. Already in the group game in the preliminary round, an exciting game developed that ended 2:2. As in the first game, defending champions Belgium took the lead early on, this time even with a double strike. Florent van Aubel and Tanguy Cosyns scored within 60 seconds for the defending champions but Germany didn’t let the deficit deter them.
The Germans were already able to turn a deficit against England and Australia and it should be similar against Belgium. First, Tom Grabsch failed with a seven-meter throw at the experienced Belgian keeper Vincent Vanish. But the Krefeld top scorer waves with his seventh World Cup goal and Peillat met to equalize. Grabusch even put the DHB selection in the lead, but the Belgians were able to save themselves by equalizing again in the penalty shootout. Their keeper Jean-Paul Danneberg became the hero of the day with three saved penalties and ensured Germany’s third World Cup gold after 2002 and 2006.
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