London, England – The German men's field hockey team earned its second straight Olympic gold medal on Saturday, besting the Netherlands by a 2-1 margin on a late goal by Jan Philipp Rabente.
Just nine seconds after having a shot saved by Netherlands goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann, Rabente scored his second goal of the match with just under five minutes to play.
The Netherlands was unable to muster another shot down the stretch as the Germans avenged an earlier 3-1 loss in pool play to win their third Olympic gold medal. Germany also claimed the championship at the 1992 Games before besting Spain in the final four years ago in Beijing.
"The first one was phenomenal, unbelievable. A solo run from Rabi," Christopher Zeller said of his teammate's first goal. "The second one came just at the right time so we just had to defend for five more minutes. It was good because pressure from the Dutch was immense. We did it and it feels unbelievable."
Germany qualified for the Olympic tournament with a win over the Netherlands in the 2011 EuroHockey Nations Championships last August.
Mink van der Weerden scored a tying marker at the 54-minute mark for the Netherlands, which couldn't make it an Olympic sweep after the women's team took gold in Friday's final.
The Netherlands did grab its fourth medal in the past five Olympics, including gold in 1996 and 2000 before a fourth-place finish in 2008. It also won silver at the 2004 Athens Games.
Australia picked up its sixth straight Olympic medal in men's field hockey after defeating Great Britain 3-1 in the bronze medal match on Saturday.