Baljit saves 8 penalty corners as India beat Germany 2-0

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Hosts India stunned Beijing Olympics' champions Germany 2-0 in a league match of the Punjab Gold Cup hockey tournament at the Sector 42 hockey stadium.

Updated: February 04, 2009 11:05 IST
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Goalkeeper Baljit Singh put up a stupendous show under the bar to help India defeat Olympic Champions Germany 2-0 in the last match of the four-nation Punjab Gold Cup tournament played under the floodlights in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

Dilip Tirkey (2nd) and Prabhjot Singh (53rd) scored goals for the hosts through penalty corners.

India now have seven points from three matches, the same as Holland, but they are placed at number two position in the points table as the Dutch team has a better goal difference.

Playing before the home crowd the Chandigarh-lad Baljit Singh, who was adjudged man-of-the-match, kept the Germans at bay and stood like a rock to save all the eight penalty corners, the Germans earned and tried to convert.

India went into lead in the second minute of the match when Dilip Tirkey sounding the board through a penalty corner, the only one they earned in the first half.

As the teams changed sides, Indians earned their second penalty corner.

Skipper and penalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh hit a low drag flick and Prabhjot Singh sounded the post hitting from a rebound in the 53rd minute.

The Germans, who are experimenting with a young team in this tournament, showed no signs of pressure and even had more ball possession.

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