Vice-captain Harmanpreet Singh continued his goal-scoring spree with a brace because the Indian males’s hockey workforce defeated an inexperienced Germany 3-0 within the first match of the two-leg tie to increase its lead within the FIH Professional League standings right here on Thursday.
Harmanpreet transformed two penalty corners for India within the 18th and twenty seventh minutes, whereas Abhishek scored from one other set piece within the forty fifth minute.
With a half a dozen of Germany’s 22-member squad making their senior debut right here, the huge hole between the 2 sides was evidently seen.
By advantage of this win, India have consolidated their place on the prime of the desk with 24 factors from 11 video games, whereas the Germans are positioned second with 17 factors from 9 matches.
Each the groups will lock horns once more within the second match of the tie on the Kalinga Stadium on Friday.
The Indians began on a shiny be aware and secured a penalty nook early into the primary quarter however Jugraj Singh’s effort from a penalty nook was saved out by the German defence and from the resultant rebound Nilkanata Sharma shot huge.
India loved quite a lot of possession within the first quarter however the ahead line hasn’t been medical sufficient to bury the possibilities.
India continued in the identical vein within the second quarter and took the lead within the 18th minute by means of none apart from Harmanpreet from a penalty nook with a perfectly executed dragflick.
India earned one other penalty nook quickly however this time Gierman goalkeeper Alexander Stadler denied Harmanpreet.
However Harmanpreet doubled India’s lead three minutes from half time, wrong-footing Stadler from one other set piece.
The Indians saved up the strain after the change of ends and created loads of scoring alternatives however the younger German defence stood agency however had been additionally responsible of conceding quite a lot of lots corners.
And from such alternative, Abhishek deflected in Harmanpreet’s variation at hand India a cushty 3-0 lead simply on the finish of the third quarter.
Minutes into the fourth and last quarter, Germany conceded one other penalty nook however this time Stadler saved out Harmanpreet’s strive.
The Germans gave a superb account of themselves within the last quarter-hour however they gave too many possibilities to the Indians within the type of penalty corners which price them dearly.
Ther Germans conceded eight penalty corners however did not safe a single one in your complete 60 minutes.