Rot-Weiss and Uhlenhorst set up German final date

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Rot-Weiss Köln will meet HTC Uhlenhorst Mülheim in the German championship final this afternoon in Krefeld following their Saturday wins over Harvestehuder THC and Mannheimer HC, respectively.

For Rot-Weiss, they produced a remarkable performance to win 8-2, setting up their seventh consecutive final showdown.

They raced into a 3-1 lead in the first 12 minutes and while Daniel von Drachenfels reduced the gap to 3-2 in just the 18th minute, Rot-Weiss pulled clear with two goals each from Christopher Ruhr and Jan Fleckhaus.

HTHC were made to rue eight penalty corners from which they could not score and it meant the result got away from them.
"The result does not interest me at all in the end. Whether you lose such a game 2-3 or 2-10 does not matter, "said HTHC coach Christoph Bechmann after the match.

"We had enough chances, including eight corners, over the first three quarters to be on our way against a team like Rot-Weiss. That's why I'm rather proud of our team, where there are a lot of normal Bundesliga players against internationals.

“Unfortunately, we have not used our chances and also produced individual mistakes for Cologne's goals. For me, at 4-2, when Christopher Rühr scored after a sensational solo goal was the turning point."

Cologne head coach Andre Henning was very pleased with his team: "Apart from the eight corners against us, which a coach is never pleased with, we have also implemented much of what we had planned very well.

“HTHC played this one-on-one system against us very often - which is why we prepared for it. The team has the quality to put our outstanding players at the right moment in the right place. Compared to last year, when we switched off after the 3: 0, this time we stayed true to our game."

Uhlenhorst Mülheim, meanwhile are back in the final for the first time since 1997 after a 2-1 win over reigning champions Mannheim.

Early goals from Malte Hellwig and Timm Herzbruch put them in good shape before Timm Haase got one back with five minutes to go.

Mülheim coach Omar Schlingemann said of the win: "We were as dominant in many stages of the game as last year in the semi-finals but, this time, we were much more stable for their counter-attacks.

“The first goal in the first minute was also very important because that completely changed the game. Mannheim is always very dangerous because they can make their goal from a single chance.

“So we were ahead and MHC had to change his tactics. We look forward to the final on Sunday against Cologne. A final between two very strong teams. Cologne has the advantage of two, three hours more recovery."

MHC head coach Michael McCann said: "We were obviously not as ready today as Mülheim. They won almost all tackles offensively and defensively in the first half.

“We were happy that we were only two goals behind in the closing stages. Then the guys threw everything at it. All in all, it is also the case that we lacked outcomes in the circle today - and then you can not be successful in a semi-final! "