India completes a hat trick of wins, hits Germany for a six
Germany made India pay for the miss instantly, scoring a penalty corner goal via Tom Grambusch.
India has peaked at the wrong time. Instead of reaching the pinnacle of its performance in the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup early this year, the home team has been at its best as it has recorded a hat-trick of wins against higher ranked opponents, including World Cup champions, Germany. Yesterday, India recorded its first major win against Australia since 1996 in any major FIH event.
And today, the home team with an emphatic 6-3 win over Germany reiterated that its earlier wins in the FIH Pro League during the past three days were no flukes but a real assertion of its supremacy.
After the Bhubaneswar-Rourkela World Cup action, Indian team has now picked up momentum as the FIH Pro League returned to its new home of the sport, Odisha. Action has continued at the world’s biggest hockey complex, the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela, as the home team put up yet another offensive masterclass to register a huge 6-3 win against world champions Germany. Abhishek and Selvam Karthi scored a brace apiece for India with Jugraj and Harmanpreet Singh adding a goal each from the penalty corners, while Tom Grambusch, Gonzalo Peillat and Malte Hellwig scored for Germany. With the win, India has now moved to the top of the men’s Pro League table, level on points with Spain, but one spot above them, thanks to a superior goal difference.
India went incredibly close to opening the scoring inside two minutes of the start as Gurjant danced past his marker and sent a low cross close to the goal, finding Sukhjeet, but Sukhjeet’s contact on the ball was very light and the ball sailed past the goal. Germany made India pay for the miss instantly, scoring a penalty corner goal via Tom Grambusch. India piled on the pressure in search for an equaliser, receiving a boost as Teo Hinrichs was shown a green card for clattering into Manpreet that left the former Indian captain injured. India had the ball in the back of the goal from a Harmanpreet cross from the left side line, but there was no touch by an Indian forward inside the circle, so Germany maintained their lead.
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