Hockey World Cup 2018, Germany vs Belgium: 3 Standout Players from Quarterfinal 3
- Belgium prevailed over Germany by a narrow 2-1 margin and earned a historic semifinal spot.
#2 Tobias Walter (Germany)
With the German defenders appearing lackluster, the onus fell on goalkeeper Tobias Walter to shore up their fortunes against the hungry Red Lions attackers. The 28-year-old, who incidentally plies his trade for KHC Dragons in Belgium's domestic circuit, demonstrated incredible anticipation and made plenty of splendid saves.
In the 14th minute, Walter rose to the occasion and denied Belgium with a stunning save. His slick reflexes helped the Germans stave off a slew of penalty corners towards the end of the opening quarter. When the second quarter began, he was at it again. Diving low and using his feet, he kept the Red Lions at bay almost singlehandedly.
One particular instance of Walter's acuity came at the 20th minute. Sebastien Dockier came storming into the inner circle from a rapid counterattack. However, the German goalkeeper left his mark and charged towards the Belgian. Putting his body on the line for his country, he cleared the danger admirably.
During the third quarter, Walter kept his team in the contest by seeing off a lethal drag-flick from Alexander Hendrickx. He was extremely unlucky in the final quarter as Tom Boon latched on to the rebound off his body and scored the decisive goal for Belgium.Published 13 Dec 2018, 19:14 IST