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Iran comes fourth in Indoor Hockey World Cup, double Dutch delight
Team Iran made its way into the Indoor Hockey World Cup final four for the first time.
The Iranians, who in finishing fourth have surpassed all expectations, lost to Germany 13-2 in the third-fourth place match in Leipzig, Germany on Sunday.

“I am satisfied with the results we achieved in the tournament. After volleyball, hockey is the second Iranian team who has advanced to the World Cup final four,” president of Iran Hockey Federation Bahram Shafi’ said.

The Netherlands have achieved a dazzling double success at the Indoor Hockey World Cup, with both the men’s and women’s national teams winning the Gold medals in front of a sell-out crowd at the Arena Leipzig in Germany.

The Netherlands men took their gold medal with a stunning 3-2 triumph against Austria. Goals from Bjorn Kellerman, team captain Robert Tigges and Robbert van de Peppel proved to be enough, although two dramatic penalty corner saves from goalkeeper of the tournament Laurens Goedegeburre more than played their part in the success.  The final save sparked wild celebrations from the Dutch players, knowing that they had won their first indoor world title at the expense of their devastated Austrian opponents, fih.ch wrote.
 
The Dutch women took their dramatic style, defeating host nation Germany in a shoot-out in front of a passion-filled audience. A late goal from Claire Verhage cancelled out a lead that Germany held for the majority of a pulsating match, with Netherlands keeper Adinda Alberts making three saves to give the Netherlands the title and break the hearts of the host nation in the process.  

Overall Standings

Men
1. Netherlands
2. Austria
3. Germany
4. Iran
5. Russia
6. Sweden
7. Poland
8. Switzerland
9. Czech Republic
10. Australia
11. South Africa
12. Canada

Women
1. Netherlands
2. Germany
3. Czech Republic
4. Austria
5. Poland
6. Ukraine
7. Belarus
8. Australia
9. South Africa
10. Canada
11. Belgium
12. Kazakhstan

Individual Award Winners

Men
Top Scorer: Alexander Otte (GER) – 19 goals
Player of the Tournament: Benjamin Stanzl (AUT)
Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Laurens Goedegebuure (NED)
Talent of the Tournament: Timm Herzbruch (GER)

Women
Top Scorer: Denise Admiraal (NED) – 13 goals
Player of the Tournament: Katharina Otte (GER)
Goalkeeper of the Tournament: Yvonne Frank (GER)
Talent of the Tournament: Anne Schroder (GER)

 
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