Germany beat Netherlands to retain men's hockey title at London Games

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 August, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 August, 2012, 9:36pm


Fast-paced attacking pays off for Germany

Germany won their second successive men's hockey gold by beating the Netherlands 2-1, courtesy of midfielder Jan Philipp Rabente's first goals of the tournament. Germany's victory in a fast, attacking, hard-fought match spoiled a Dutch bid for a double after their women triumphed a day earlier. Rabente had only scored six goals in his 77 matches for Germany before this game. "My aim in my career is not to score goals but just to win. If there is a need to score two goals to win, then I'll score two goals," said Rabente. Germany coach Markus Weise has now coached teams to gold in three consecutive Olympic hockey tournaments. He led Germany's women to gold in Athens in 2004 and coached the men when they won the title in Beijing four years ago.