Saturday, February 24, 2024

Olympics Hockey: Fallen GB take heart from Germany’s Rio comeback after Dutch loss

As Team GB’s Olympic title defence came to a crashing halt against favourites Netherlands with a 5-1 defeat – five goals for every year the Dutch have been waiting since losing in the Rio final – goalscorer Giselle Ansley said British belief for a bronze medal was higher than ever.

In particular Ansley, who scored from a penalty corner to make it 4-1 against the dominant Dutch, remembered the example set by the German men’s team in 2016.

Trailing New Zealand 2-0 in their quarter-final, the four-times gold medallists pegged one back in the 56th minute then scored twice in 40 seconds to claim a famous victory as they sought to win three straight Olympic titles – a run later ended by Argentina.

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