India lose 2-3 to Germany in WC opener

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Indian conceded a last minute goal to launch their World Cup hockey campaign with a heartbreaking 2-3 defeat against defending champions Germany.

Monchengladbach, Germany:

Indian conceded a last minute goal to launch their World Cup hockey campaign with a heartbreaking 2-3 defeat against defending champions Germany on Wednesday. The spirited Indians were 2-2 till the dying minutes of the opening pool B match. But Christopher Zeller's brilliant deflection just at the stroke of the hooter sealed the fate of Indians at Warsteiner Hockey Park. Shivender Singh brought India back into the match after the Germans took lead twice through goals by Zeller (26th) and Oliver Hentschel (58th). The Indians did well to shed their defensive garb of the first-half to knock in two goals through Shivendra, but the past revisited them when they conceded a late goal that cost them three points. Barring the lone Zeller penalty corner goal, there was little to separate the teams with both resorting to wait-and-watch approach. Though the Germans appeared a wee bit sharper, the Indian deep defence performed well to repel the few attacks that the home team launched. India will now play England on Thursday. (PTI)

Topics : Hockey Cricket
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