The German hockey women were clearly superior to South Africa in their World Cup round of 16. But the conversion of chances left a lot to be desired, so in the end a goal made the difference.

The German hockey women have reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Spain and the Netherlands with a difficult 1-0 (0-0) win against South Africa. The only goal of the round of 16 in Amstelveen was scored by captain Nike Lorenz (38th minute) with the tenth penalty corner.

“It was a lot of work and we’ve never scored many goals against South Africa in the past, so we’re going to take the win as it is,” said the match winner.

The fourth in the world rankings dominated the action with 52:7 circle entries and 20:1 shots on goal, but failed again and again due to the strong Phumelela Mbande in the goal of the African champions. “We simply should have made more of it,” criticized Lorenz, whose team alone took 16 penalty corners against the world number 16. left unused.

Quarterfinals on Tuesday against New Zealand

National coach Valentin Altenburg already complained in the half-time break about the chances: “I like the performance, but we have a problem with the goal.”

This has to change in the World Cup quarter-finals on Tuesday (5:00 p.m.), because the previously undefeated New Zealand are again waiting there in Amstelveen. As the winners of Group B, the “Black Sticks” went directly into the round of the top eight, while Germany, second in preliminary round A, had to take the detour via a knockout duel with the third party in Group D. “We have to score more goals now, it’s that simple,” Lorenz demanded. With a win, Germany would move into the Final Four in Terrassa, Spain.