New Zealand hockey players wear full facemasks as they take on Germany at Rio Olympics 2016

  • The New Zealand women’s hockey team have been defeated by Germany
  • The Blacksticks went down 2-1 in a tense second pool match on Tuesday 
  • New Zealand players were seen wearing full face masks during penalties 

Belinda Grant Geary For Daily Mail Australia

Four women on the New Zealand Olympic hockey team wore full face masks as Germany stepped up to take a penalty corner in their second pool match.

Defender Liz Thompson and striker Petrea Webster were among the players pictured in protective headgear as goalkeeper Sally Rutherford hurled herself across the net to deflect a penalty shot from Germany on Tuesday.

The two were pictured again in headgear moments later as the German team threw their hands in the air after scoring the winning goal off a 45 minute penalty corner, bringing the final score to 2-1.

Four women on the New Zealand Olympic hockey team wore full face masks as their Germany stepped up to take a penalty corner in their second pool match

Four women on the New Zealand Olympic hockey team wore full face masks as their Germany stepped up to take a penalty corner in their second pool match

New Zealand were in fine form during the opening minutes of the match, taking an early lead after a diving Webster managed to better the German goalkeeper in the ninth minute.

In the second quarter, Germany equalised in the 22 minute after Pia-Sophie Oldhafer made a successful play for the net from the top of the circle. 

The German team had New Zealand on the back foot in the third and New Zealand was unable to score again after Anne Schroeder’s match-winning penalty. 

New Zealand head coach Mark Hager said the women were ‘outplayed’ in three out of four quarters. 

Thompson and Webster were pictured again in headgear moments later as the German team threw their hands in the air after scoring the winning goal off a 45 minute penalty corner

Thompson and Webster were pictured again in headgear moments later as the German team threw their hands in the air after scoring the winning goal off a 45 minute penalty corner

New Zealand were in fine form during the opening minutes of the match, taking an early lead after a diving Webster managed to better the German goalkeeper in the ninth minute

New Zealand were in fine form during the opening minutes of the match, taking an early lead after a diving Webster managed to better the German goalkeeper in the ninth minute

Midfielder Anita McLaren takes control of the ball during the Blacksticks field hockey match against Germany

Midfielder Anita McLaren takes control of the ball during the Blacksticks field hockey match against Germany

Defender Stacey Michelsen vies for the ball before New Zealand's defeat on Tuesday 

Defender Stacey Michelsen vies for the ball before New Zealand’s defeat on Tuesday 

The 25-year-old took on Germany's Hannah Kruger in a contest for a high ball 

The 25-year-old took on Germany’s Hannah Kruger in a contest for a high ball 

Defender Pippa Hayward manouvers around a German player in the Blacksticks second match

Defender Pippa Hayward manouvers around a German player in the Blacksticks second match

“We fought hard but in the end our set pieces were poor, they ran us down and we just need to execute better,” he said.  

‘We’re now stuck back in the pack which is disappointing,’ he added. 

The New Zealand women’s team will have a day of rest before their third match against Spain on Thursday.  

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the New Zealand team for comment.  

 

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