India Lose 3-6 To Germany In Sultan Of Johor Cup Semi-Final
Three-time champions India failed to defend their Sultan of Johor Cup junior hockey title, losing 3-6 to world no.2 Germany in the semifinal at Johor Bahru in Malaysia on Friday.
Three-time champions India failed to defend their Sultan of Johor Cup junior hockey title, losing 3-6 to world no.2 Germany in the semifinal at Johor Bahru in Malaysia on Friday. Christian Franz (16th minute), Nikas Berendts (29th, 45th), Peer Hinrichs (43rd, 48th), and Sperling Florian (49th) found the back of the net for the Germans, who produced a dominating display. India's goals were scored by Amandeep Lakra (35th), Uttam Singh (58th) and Rohit (60th). The Indians started on the front foot, threatening Joshua Onyekwue Nnaji's goal on a couple of occasions in the opening minutes. But Germany had the first shot on target as Ben Hasbach's snapshot was deflected out by India goalkeeper Mohith HS.
A period of German dominance followed as they pinned India in their own half in search of the opening goal, and it was captain Matteo Poljaric who looked to test Mohith, whose vigilance ensured the first quarter ended goalless.
Franz scored in the very first minute of the second quarter, flashing a shot past Mohith after a string of passes in the circle.
The Indian colts seldom found opportunities to test Joshua in goal as Germany continued to pile on the pressure in the rest of the quarter.
And as the first half was winding up, it was Berendts's flick from a penalty corner that breached India's goal for the second time in the match.
India found their footing in the third quarter, forcing a series of penalty corners and it was Amandeep's flick that found the back of the net to reduce the deficit.
But the joy was short lived as Hinrichs netted the ball in after a goal mouth melee to extend Germany's lead. This was quickly followed by another goal, by Berendts, towards the end of the quarter.
The German onslaught continued in the last quarter with Hinrichs doubling his tally after a thunderous flick from a penalty corner.
Soon after, Florian chipped the ball over Mohith from close range to make it 6-1 in Germany's favour.
As the intensity of the game dropped, Uttam deflected a long cross to score India's second goal, while Rohit scored from a penalty corner in the last minute of the game.
India will face the losers of the match between Australia and Pakistan in the third-fourth place play-off match on Saturday.
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