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London 2012: German hockey team loses out

The German women's hockey team lost their final group match against New Zealand. That means the team will travel home, as German athletes disappoint again.

The German women's hockey team only had a slim chance to make it into the semi finals.

And they didn't take it.

In their final group match they managed no more than a 0:0 draw against New Zealand.

Germany, the 2004 champion, needed to win by at least a three-goal margin to squeeze past New Zealand into the next round. Although the Germans managed to score twice, both goals were disallowed, one of them following a video referral.

The German team was seen to be stronger throughout the match and the result comes as a surprise as New Zealand had not so much as drawn with Germany in eight years, and only last month were hammered 5-1 in a friendly.

"We were total outsiders before the tournament," said New Zealand's goalkeeper Bianca Russell. "The attitude of the team is thrilling to see, such a talented bunch of girls. I think half of Auckland is in London at the moment."

With the draw New Zealand qualified for their first Olympic semifinal ever, and currently lead Pool B with 10 points. Argentina is currently second with 9 points and Australia is third with 9 points after their most recent match.

On Thursday the German women will now play one more match at London 2012. It's their last chance to secure a disappointing seventh place.

The German men's team, current world champions, remain in the tournament despite having lost to The Netherlands 1:3 on Sunday.

German team sports are not well-represented in the competitions. Neither the men's handball, basketball nor the football teams qualified for the London Games.

rg/sej (dpa, sid, Reuters)