The German national hockey teams have conceded two narrow defeats in a double showdown against arch-rivals Netherlands. The men had to be defeated at the home game premiere in Mönchengladbach on Friday night in the newly created Pro League the runner-up with 2: 4 (2: 2), previously had lost the women against the world champion with 0: 1 (0: 1) , The “Danas” are still in fifth place in the table of the global series, while the team of men’s national coach Stefan Kermas dropped back to sixth place.
“We played good hockey at times, but overall we were not dangerous enough,” Kermas said. “We wanted to win, but in the end we were offensively a little worse than the Dutch.”
In front of 3,000 spectators in the hockey park in Mönchengladbach, an open exchange of blows developed among the men. Mink van der Weerden (5.) put the visitors in the lead after a corner before Malte Hellwig (9th) and Lukas Windfeder (23rd / corner) made the match in the meantime. But Arjen Lodewijks (26th), again van der Weerden (50th / corner) and Bjorn Kellerman (60th) made for a successful revenge.
The first leg in March in Rotterdam, the German team had won 1-0 for themselves. Next opponent for the selection of the German Hockey Federation (DHB) is on Sunday (14.30 clock) Great Britain.
The women conceded against the leaders the second defeat after regular time. We were still a bit too naive, “said national coach Xavier Reckinger to the SID:” We had six short corners, so we would have earned a goal. Today we have. “The disappointment prevails made huge steps in development. “