Indian Men’s Hockey Team thrash World Champions Germany in FIH Pro League

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In a stunning display of skill and strategy, the Indian hockey team, led by Harmanpreet Singh, outclassed the world champions, Germany, in the London leg of the FIH Pro League. The match ended 3-0 in India’s favour.

India’s dominance against Germany in FIH Pro League

The Indian team exploited a rusty German defence, punching three goals and leaving the German side struggling to regain their footing. The goals were scored by drag-flicker Harmanpreet Singh in the 16th minute, Sukhjeet Singh in the 41st minute, and Gurjant Singh in the 44th minute. Each goal was a display of exceptional skill and teamwork, leaving the German side scrambling.

Harmanpreet Singh’s goal came from a penalty corner conversion in the first minute of the second quarter. His low flick, aimed to the left of German goalkeeper Alexander Stadler, took a deflection off the first rusher Barry Antheus before sounding the board. This goal set the tone for the rest of the match, with India maintaining their lead throughout.

Sukhjeet Singh doubled the lead in the 41st minute. Picking up the ball on the wing, he gave a through pass to Abhishek and made a dash to the circle. Abhishek relayed the ball back to Sukhjeet, who unleashed an unstoppable shot past the German goalkeeper.

Gurjant Singh lined up the third goal for India three minutes later. Sanjay played the ball to Jarmanpreet Singh on the goal line. The defender then flicked the ball back to Gurjant, who scooped it past Stadler to signal India’s dominance.

Throughout the match, the German side tried its best to breach the Indian defence but to no avail. Goalkeeping stalwart PR Sreejesh stood rock solid against a relentless German attack in the first quarter, thwarting two penalty corners. His performance was instrumental in keeping the German side at bay.

The Germans, returning to competitive hockey after nearly four months, were profligate with penalty corners and their coordination left a lot to be desired. They earned a dozen penalty corners but all went waste. Sreejesh too played his role to perfection, thwarting three attempts – two off penalty corners – in the first quarter.

This victory positions India well in the standings for upcoming matches against Great Britain and a rematch with Germany. The world No. 5 India, with 24 points from 13 outings are third, while Argentina, whom India defeated twice during the Antwerp leg of the Pro League are second with 26 points from 14 matches.

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