Hockey World League Final: Germany Put In Clinical Performance To Defeat India 2-0

Highlights:

  • India lost 2-0
  • Germany scored both in the first half
  • India are yet to win a match

India’s winless streak in the ongoing Hockey World League Final continued as they went down 2-0 against Germany in their third match of the tournament. Playing in Bhuvaneshwar, India lost against a clearly stronger Germany side who killed off the game with two goals in the first half. Despite creating many chances, India failed to put the final touch on any of them and are still on the search for their first win.

 

Germany got of the blocks early as they made the most of their quick start to score two past India in the early part of the match. Martin Haner and Max Grambusch got on the score sheet for Germany as they beat India 2-0 in their final FIH Hockey World League Final group stage match at the Kalinga Stadium. Failing to make the most of the strong home support that should have worked in their favour, India buckled down under Germany’s immense attacking pressure as lapses in their defence killed off the game for the hosts. They came back strongly in the second half as they played o the front foot in hopes of salvaging something from the game but it wasn’t enough as Germany defended well enough to keep away the Indian attackers. Despite creating a slew of chances and dominating the midfield, the Indian attackers were kept at bay as they failed to find the end product in the German’s box. The visitors played the ending minutes in their own half and held the ball well to diminish India’s chances of finding a consolation goal. Despite getting three quick penalty corners India were left ruing their conversion rate as they failed to even get one back and ended a disappointing match for them by losing by two goals.

 

With one draw and two defeats under their belt, the hosts remained at the bottom of Group B and now will have to face the top team of the other pool in the quarters.

 

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