Just like in the 4-3 semi-final win against Australia, Germany had to make up for a 2-0 deficit against Belgium. Belgium, which had eliminated the Netherlands after shoot-outs in the semi-final, was accurate twice in the first quarter within two minutes. Florent van Aubel opened the score with a volley, after which Tanguy Cosyns worked in a cross from Antoine Kina, 2-0.
Germany had an excellent opportunity in the second quarter to tie the score via a penalty ball. However, Tom Grambusch was unable to get the ball past goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch, his teammate at KHC Rot-Weiss. Niklas Wellen made it 2-1 just before half-time after a penalty corner.
Germany turned the deficit into a lead after the break. The naturalized Argentinian Gonzalo Peillat left Vanasch without a chance at a penalty corner, after which Mats Grambusch made it 3-2 from a difficult angle in the last quarter. With less than two minutes to go, Tom Boon secured the shoot-outs from a penalty corner.
Germany then brought in 20-year-old keeper Jean Danneberg, the reserve goalkeeper behind Vanasch at Cologne. Danneberg made a number of saves, after which a miss by Cosyns eventually gave Germany the third world title. The team previously became world champion in 2002 and 2006.
The Orange had secured the bronze earlier in the day. The team of national coach Jeroen Delmee defeated Australia 3-1 in the game for third place.
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