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5 a.m.: Kick-off is about to begin in Tokyo! The German hockey team will have to follow suit after yesterday’s win for the women.
00.30 am: Welcome to Live Ticker from Focus Online. The third group game at the Olympics in Tokyo is on the schedule of German hockey professionals. The kick-off against Great Britain is at 5.15 a.m. German time on Tuesday. The objective is to create a good starting position for the knockout phase.
Olympia: Hockey professional Fuchs promises semi-finals
Qualification for the quarter-finals is not in serious danger from the first defeat, with four of the six teams ahead in the group. Initially the German team defeated Canada 7–1. The German men conceded the first Olympic mood damper in the second preliminary round match, with a 1:3 (0:2) against strong world champions Belgium.
“We still have great games against Great Britain, the Netherlands and South Africa. We will get to the quarter-finals as we win and move on to the semi-finals,” said Florian Fuchs confidently after the initial anger subsided. “Nothing changes in our plan. Whether we are first, second or third – it doesn’t matter much in the end.”