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Olympic Field Hockey 2016: Women's Medal Winners, Scores and Results

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 19, 2016

Netherlands scores against Britain during a women's field hockey gold medal match at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
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Great Britain beat the Netherlands in a shoot-out for the women's hockey gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics after a thrilling contest.

The match ended 3-3, and in the shoot-out, only Helen Richardson-Walsh and Hollie Webb managed to score.

Earlier in the day, Germany beat New Zealand to the bronze. The Black Sticks dominated large stretches of the match but couldn't keep their cool in front of goal, and Germany used their wealth of experience to punish every mistake, scoring their two goals shortly after half-time.

Here's a look at the final results for the women's field hockey tournament:

Women's Field Hockey
Bronze-Medal MatchGermany2-1New Zealand
Gold-Medal MatchNetherlands3-3 (0-2)Great Britain
BBC Sport

        

Recap

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The final got off to a flying start, as Maartje Maumen nearly gave the Dutch the lead before Lily Owsley opened the score from close range. Sophie Bragley juggled her way through the Dutch defence before putting the ball in front of goal, and some smart work with the stick led to the British lead, via BBC Sport's Ollie Williams:

Ollie Williams @OllieW

On closer look, that was a lightning-fast reaction from Lily Owsley to steer that in.

Kitty van Male tied things up early in the second quarter, and the Netherlands pushed their advantage, wasting several great chances to take the lead. Paumen finally found the breakthrough after 25 minutes, but less than a minute later, Crista Cullen tied things up once again.

Van Male scored her second goal of the match from a penalty corner in the third quarter to hand the lead back to the Netherlands, but Britain continued to threaten. Former cricketer Michael Vaughan was impressed with the level of play:

Michael Vaughan @MichaelVaughan

This is unbelievable to watch ... The Skills and fitness on show are unreal ... #Hockey #Olympics

The Brits equalised once again in the final quarter, as Nicola White converted a rebound after a penalty corner, and no more goals would be scored in regulation, leading to a shoot-out.

In that shoot-out, the first four attempts were saved before Richardson-Walsh gave Britain a 1-0 lead. None of the Dutch players could match that feat, and Webb scored the final goal to hand her team the gold.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19:  Great Britain players celebrate a goal during the Women's Gold Medal Match against the Netherlands on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Hockey Centre on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Ph
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The Black Sticks made an excellent start to the bronze-medal match, looking to copy the approach that won Argentina the gold in the men's tournament by aiming for penalty corners early. New Zealand tried their luck with two, but twice, Germany ran out well, and Kristina Reynolds kept her nets clean.

Olympian Valerie Adams was excited:

Dame Valerie Adams @ValerieAdams84

.Lets Go ladies @BlackSticks #BronzeMedalGame #NZProud #GoKiwi #WatchingFromBase #BeTheInspiration 🇳🇿🇧🇷👌🏼 https://t.co/vY2zEuhD2m

Germany were overrun in the early stages, but their defence was on point. While New Zealand had their chances, Reynolds dominated her area, and the European giants did well to hold off their opponents until half-time. The Black Sticks should have taken the lead, but their attackers came up short every single time.

As is so often the case, they paid dearly. Charlotte Stapenhorst opened the scoring early in the second half, finishing off a textbook counter-attack, per Rikki Swannell of Radio Sport:

Rikki Swannell @RikkiSwannell

GOAL! #ger score an excellent goal on the break, take their chance. 1-0 four minutes into the 2nd half

Lisa Schutze missed an excellent opportunity to double Germany's lead, but shortly after, she produced a fine flick to beat Sally Rutherford, making it 2-0.

New Zealand pushed for a goal of their own, and they finally found the breakthrough just before the end of the third quarter, as Olivia Merry converted a penalty corner. 

Hussein Malla/Associated Press

The goal set up a tense start to the final quarter, with the Black Sticks taking their time prodding the German defence. 

But the Black Sticks were a little too cautious and didn't throw their full weight forward until the final minutes, at which point it was too late. Germany stood firm, winning the bronze.