England sunk by Germany at Junior World Cup

England huddle before JWC QF with Germany

Germany 4 (2)
Jan Schiffer 22 (FG)
Lukas Windfeder 27 (PC)
Florian Scholten 52 (PC)
Timm Herzbruch 70 (FG)

England 2 (0)
Ed Horler 65, 66 (PC, FG)

England were sent crashing out of the Junior World Cup after a 4-2 defeat to a classy Germany side in their quarter final. England trailed 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Jan Schiffer and Lukas Windfeder and despite a late double from Ed Horler a third from Florian Scholten and a late strike from Timm Herzbruch ensured the reigning champions progress to the semi-finals.

The opening exchanges were evenly contested with chances at a premium. The first clear opening fell to Germany with Thies Ole Prinz breaking through only to be halted by a fine save from Chris Wyver.

Germany dominated the territory but England were competing well for every ball. In the 22nd minute Schiffer broke the deadlock. The No27 won the ball inside the England half and broke into the circle to find the net with a strong backhand shot.

Germany defended superbly and limited England’s sights of goal with Jack Clee going closest with a spin and shot that flashed just wide. 27 minutes were on the clock when Germany made it 2-0 with a well-taken penalty corner from Windfeder.

On the stroke of half time Herzbruch’s shot was well turned over the bar by Wyver and it remained 2-0 at the interval.  

Germany pushed for a third goal to kill the contest off in the early part of the second half. Constantin Staib was denied brilliantly by Wyver in a 1v1 and then Windfeder sent a penalty corner inches wide of the post.

England threatened on the break and were unlucky not to get on the board. Chris Proctor showed excellent skills to break into the circle but his thunderbolt shot hit the goalkeeper’s body. Moments later Germany made it 3-0. Windfeder’s precise pass at a penalty corner was slotted in by Scholten.

England responded by removing Wyver to go to 11 outfield players with eight minutes left. The extra player paid off and from a charged down penalty corner, Horler calmly slotted in England’s first goal with five minutes to play. A minute later Horler’s deflection found the net via a defender’s stick for his eighth goal of the tournament. England were running out of time and threw people forwards in search of the leveller. With Germany breaking out of defence Herzbruch was able to ghost into the circle and fire into an empty net to seal the win for Germany.

England will now play off for 5th-8th place, with their penultimate match on Saturday, time to be confirmed.   

Full tournament details can be found on the FIH Tournament website.