Reuters - Thu, 04 Mar 11:29:00 2010
Olympic champions Germany brushed aside Canada 6-0 in a pool A game at the men's World Cup after the world's top-ranked side moved up a gear in their bid for a third straight title.
Benjamin Wess slammed a third minute goal against Canada to put the Pan-American champions under early pressure as Germany raced to a 4-0 lead at halftime after having rallied to draw 2-2 against South Korea in the opening game on Monday.
Former champions Netherlands defeated New Zealand 3-1 for their second successive victory and Korea snatched a 2-1 win against Argentina off a last minute goal in the other pool A matches at the Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium.
Forward Florian Fuchs scored twice in the second half as ruthless Germany took complete control after Jan-Marco Montag, captain Maximilian Mueller and Martin Haener scored off penalty corners in the first half.
Argentina, who lost their opening game to Netherlands, went ahead through Facundo Callioni in the 53rd minute.
Korea equalised through Lee Nam-yong in the 62nd minute while Nam Hyun-woo scored off a penalty corner in the last minute as the top Asian team finished in dramatic fashion.
Penalty corner specialist Taeke Taekema scored his fourth goal of the tournament to lead a dominant performance by the Dutch after scoring a hat-trick in the opening game.