Team GB men’s hockey passes Germany to lose their 100 percent start at Tokyo Games as they get hit for FIVE in the second half collapse – with Florian Fuchs scoring a hat-trick
Florian Fuchs stole the show in the wind and rain when his hat-trick helped Germany abruptly end Team GB’s 100 percent start in men’s hockey.
Wins over Canada and South Africa had put GB in a leading position in Pool B, but this was a significant step forward in the class and it showed in the second half’s slump led by a Fuchs masterclass.
Phil Roper gave Team GB the lead with a nice finish in the bottom right corner as he neared the top of the D to finish out a fine first quarter.
Florian Fuchs stole the show in the wind and rain as his hat-trick helped Germany beat Team GB
Fuchs scored the first and last two goals in GB’s 5-1 defeat by Germany at the Oi Hockey Stadium
Phil Roper (right) gave Team GB the lead with a nice finish in the bottom right corner
But it went downhill from there, as Germany equalized nine seconds before the end of the first quarter when Fuchs tapped to the far post on a penalty corner.
Jan Ruhr then fired an incredible effort over Ollie Payne and into the roof of the net as the Germans completed the turnaround.
That caused GB to collapse as Justus Weigand scored seven minutes later, before a relentless counter-attack cost Fuchs a second.
Fuchs was not denied his hat-trick, however, as a penalty corner saw him on the hand again as GB were completely overwhelmed in their men’s Group B match.
In GB’s next group match, they will play against the Netherlands on Thursday, before they play against Belgium a day later.
Jan Ruhr tapped an incredible effort into the roof of the net after Fuchs equalized
Justus Weigand scored seven minutes later before Fuchs scored and Germany added shine