Indian hockey’s love affair with the Birsa Munda Worldwide Hockey Stadium continued with the workforce extending its unbeaten run on the venue with a 6-3 win in opposition to Germany within the FIH Professional League on Monday. This was India’s second consecutive victory in opposition to the World Champion in 4 days.
Abhishek and Selvam Karthi struck a brace every, and Harmanpreet Singh and Jugraj Singh transformed one penalty nook apiece. It was heartening to the see kids stepping as much as take accountability. The administration experimented with gamers and positions and got here good in its makes an attempt.
India had a few probabilities early on however Sukhjeet Singh couldn’t get a deflection earlier than the workforce conceded within the third minute. However the Indians, as a substitute of attempting to play catch up, determined to go all out in assault. It was a show of aggression greater than desperation and the fearlessness – one thing that has marked the Indian efficiency within the three video games to date – was once more on show.
Like in opposition to Australia, the 2nd quarter was all about Indian tempo and accuracy – on floor and in air. After lacking a few half-chances in entrance of aim, Jugraj restored parity, capturing by Alexander Stadler’s legs within the twenty first minute. It was the beginning of a six-minute interval of aim frenzy that noticed India rating three extra to guide 4-2 at half time.
Harmanpreet’s correct aerial all the best way from the Indian defence was introduced down completely by Abhishek. The ahead took three steps forward, turned and smashed a reverse. Karthi added one other and Harmanpreet slotted into the web. Gonzalo Peillat added one in all his personal within the twenty third minute.
Malte Hellwig diminished the margin on resumption however that was to be the top of German targets. In contrast to in opposition to Australia, the Indians didn’t let up and regardless that Germany dominated the interval, there was by no means a way of India shedding management. The gamers applied the fundamentals and had been much less erratic because the host added two extra within the last quarter-hour.
In Hardik Singh’s absence, Dilpreet Singh shouldered the midfield burden and stood out because the engine room of the workforce with assist from Rabichandra Moirangthem and Vishnukant Singh. This was in all probability India’s most inexperienced midfield in latest occasions.
Manpreet performed deep, typically swapping locations with Harmanpreet. Karthi, Abhishek and Sukhjeet had been hardly ever out of place, no matter targets scored. Goalkeeper Pawan Malik outdid his efficiency in opposition to Australia on Monday. Most significantly, the newcomers within the aspect displayed a recreation and positioning sense that augurs nicely for the longer term.
The Outcome: India 6 (Jugraj Singh 21’, Abhishek 22’ 51’, Selvam Karthi 24’ 46’, Harmanpreet Singh 26’) bt Germany 3 (Tom Grambusch 3’, Gonzalo Peillat 23’, Malte Hellwig 31’).