Hockey World League Finals, highlights: India, Germany play out thrilling 3-3 draw

Updated: 13 January 2014 21:46 IST

The Indians led three times but were pegged back by the world's top-ranked side. India now face Australia in the quarters.

#So, after a enthralling match India face a tough quarterfinal clash against Australia. However they can draw belief from their excellent performance against the mighty Germans.


Quarterfinal match-ups:


India vs Australia


Germany vs Netherlands


England vs Belgium


Argentina vs New Zealand


# Rupinder Pal Singh is named Man of the Match in India's 3-3 draw vs Germany. He converted India's first penalty corner in this tournament.


India draw 3-3 vs Olympic champions Germany; finish last in Pool A to set up quarterfinal clash vs Australia.


# GOAL! Thilo Stralkowski equalizes for Germany late on, 3-3 vs India.


# Sunil has an excellent chance to put the game beyond Germany's reach, but he misses from two yards out.


# GOAL! India win a penalty corner, and Raghunath strikes the post. But Dharamvir Singh follows up and gives India 3-2 lead vs Germany.


# GOAL! Arnold Pilt draws Germany level with a long range strike, 2-2 vs India. It goes down as an own goal as there was a touch by an Indian player inside the D.


# Penalty corner for Germany but Martin Haner strikes wide of the goal.


# The players are back out for the second half. Can India hold on to their 2-1 lead against the world's top side Germany?


# GOAL! Rupinder pal Singh converts the penalty corner, India lead Germany 2-1 at half-time.


# Mandeep Singh wins India's third penalty corner of the match...


# Yet another penalty corner goes begging for India, Raghunath strikes straight at the keeper.


# GOAL! Captain Oliver Korn deflects a penalty corner for Germany, level 1-1 vs India in first half.


# GOAL! India take the lead vs Germany after an own goal by goalkeeper Tim Jessulat, 1-0 to the hosts.


# A penalty corner for Germany but Indian keeper Sreejesh saves well


# India have got six penalty corners in the tournament so far but have yet to convert even one. Poor!


# VR Raghunath strikes the penalty corner but draws an excellent save by the German keeper, still goalless.


# India win a penalty corner, Germans not happy with the call...


# Yuvraj Walmiki surges into the circle but his run is cut short by the German defenders.


# The average age of the young Indian side is just 23 while the average age of the Germans is 26. Very scrappy opening ten minutes in the match so far.


# After starting strongly, India are on the back foot vs Germany. Remember if India finish last in Pool A, they face Australia.


#The Major Dhyan Chand Stadium is about 25 per cent full. W can expect far larger crowds for the quarterfinal stages of this tournament.


# The only goal of India's campaign so far has been scored by Mandeep Singh. He starts against the mighty Germans.


# So, the No.1 side in the world (Germany) face the side ranked tenth (India). It is an uphill battle for Terry Walsh's men but they look to end the group-stage on a high. The teams are out on the field as we get ready for the national anthems.


Spanked in their opening two games, a lackluster India face an uphill task to get their campaign back on track at the Hockey World League Finals as they take on Olympic champions Germany in their last pool match here on Monday.

India looked rusty and completely off-colour in their opening two Pool A defeats to England (0-2) and New Zealand (1-3).

Coach fury

Terry Walsh took the positives from India's opening defeat to England but was understandably livid at his players after their humbling loss to New Zealand.

"We made a lot of unforced errors in executing our skills. We played very slowly. We were horrible with penalty corner conversions. It is very frustrating to miss opportunities," Walsh said after the match.

"Our performance was sub-standard and unacceptable. We perform well in training but when it comes to performing under pressure, we falter," the Australian added.

Walsh will be hoping for a turnaround in terms of performance to justify the potential of the team. If not a win, India are at least aiming for a draw against Germany, but considering the level of both the sides and their current rankings, it seems unlikely.

If India finishes bottom of Pool A, they will play the top team of Pool B in the quarterfinals.

The German side

Germany, on the other hand, would be desperate to live up to their reputation and return to winning ways, especially after the shocking 1-2 loss at the hands of England on Saturday.

Germany's coach Markus Weise had already made his intentions clear that they would play for a win against India.

"We are disappointed with our performance (against England) but we are hoping for a good show in the next game. Our next game is against India and we will play to win," he had said.

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