|August 3rd, 2012|
|15||Pool B||1:45pm||GER - IND||5 - 2 (4 - 1)||Final|
Germany overwhelmed India to cruise to a comfortable 5-2 win.
They were immediately threatening and PR Sreejesh, in the Indian goal today, was called into action in the opening minute. Both teams seemed inspired and willing to play attacking hockey, and India had a good chance when SV Sunil ran the whole length of the pitch and delivered a perfect cross that just eluded Shivendra Singh in front of the German goal.
Florian Fuchs drew first blood in the 8th minute when he pounced on a loose ball in the circle, turn swiftly and beat PR Sreejesh from close range. Sandeep Singh had a chance on penalty-corner soon after but his low flick was well handled by Max Weinhold in the German goal. Germany managed to keep the fast Indian attackers at bay until the 13th minute, when a penalty-corner taken by VR Raghunath cleanly beat Weinhold. The German response was immediate and they re-established their lead, once again by Florian Fuchs, coolly batting in goal a high rebound from the Indian goalkeeper.
Germany took control of play, circulating the ball around the Indians in midfield, and PR Sreejesh needed to stand tall, but he could not prevent a third goal by Oliver Korn, lodging the ball in the roof of the net from a narrow angle. The Indians seemed deflated by this additional goal, as well as overwhelmed by the constant pressure applied by Germany on their midfield, and Germany scored a fourth goal before half-time by Christopher Wesley, putting the fate of the match somewhat out of doubt.
Florian Fuchs completed his hat-trick in the first minute of second period and things were starting to look seriously bleak for India. They had a chance on penalty-corner but Max Weinhold once again read well the flick by Sandeep Singh, not looking at his best since the beginning of the competition. India had a good reaction mid-way through the period but could not increase their tally, even on another penalty-corner, weakly executed.
India scored a second goal by Tushar Khandker and seemed to wake up in the final minutes, but it was too little too late and Germany controlled the end of the match, cruising to a comfortable win (5-2), their third win in so many matches, to join The Netherlands at the top of Pool B, leaving India still pointless in the competition.
Benjamin WESS (GER)
On the change in their tactics after their match with Korea: "We had a long talk after our last match. We decided about the tempo. We knew that we needed to attack more than we did against Korea. So we set out this way. We played fast and hard. Yes, we gave away five penalty corners, but that is because we attacked so much. We were lucky that they only scored one goal from five corners. We definitely had the best of the game this time although India came back a lot more in the second half and their goalkeeper was good."
On the prospects of reaching the semifinals: "Yes we have nine points, but that doesn't guarantee us a place in the semifinals. We have Netherlands to play next and they will be hard. We need three more points from that to be safe. However, we are feeling quite confident that we are on our way."
Oliver KORN (GER)
On the match: "We did well in the first half and showed good defence and counter-attacks, but in the last 20 minutes we lost a lot of balls in the midfield, so we can still improve a lot."
Tushar KHANDKER (IND)
On why India improved in the second half: "In the first half the marking was not proper. We were leaving our men and they were receiving and converting their chances. In the second half our defence played further back and they (Germany) couldn't convert their chances."
On the positives to be taken from the match: "We can take the second half as a positive. If we defend the same way for the whole game then we can beat any team."
On India's next match against Korea: "Korea is a good side and they have given a tough time to the Germans so it's going to be a good game. If we defend properly. Whatever chances we are getting into the D, if we can convert them then that would definitely be in our favour."
On the feared injury to Ragunath VR who was strechered off the pitch at the end of the match: "He's not injured, he's got a hurt knee. He'll be okay for the next match, he's a tough guy."
|August 03rd, 2012 at 7:38 am||Match between Germany and India just about to start at the Riverbank Arena in London|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 7:39 am||Umpires for GER vs. IND are KIM Hong Lae (KOR), celebrating his 100th international match, and Gary SIMMONDS (RSA)|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 7:39 am||Germany have so far two wins against Belgium (2-1) and Korea (1-0)|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 7:39 am||India have so far two losses against The Netherlands (2-3) and new Zealand (1-3)|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 7:53 am||Florian Fuchs opens the scoring for GER after collecting a loose ball in the circle. GER-IND:1-0|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 8:01 am||India tie the score 1-1in the 13th minute with a penalty-corner by VR Raghunath. GER-IND: 1-1|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 8:03 am||Germany replied immediately by Florian Fuchs, his 2nd goal of the match. GER-IND: 2-1|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 8:12 am||Oliver Korn scores for Germany in a very narrow angle to widen the gap to 3-1|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 8:21 am||Christopher Wesley adds another goal for Germany and things are looking bleak for India. GER-IND: 4-1, score at half-time|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 8:34 am||Hat trick for Florian Fuchs! Germany lead 5-1.|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 8:55 am||Change of goal-keeper for India: Bharat Kumar Chetri replaces PR Sreejesh. India is the only team with 2 GK in the competition.|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 8:58 am||Another weak flick by Sandeep Singh on penalty-corner. He certainly does not seem to be at his best... Still GER-IND: 5-1|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 9:02 am||Goal for India by Tushar Khandker. GER-IND: 5-2|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 9:11 am||GER-IND: 5-2 final score|
|August 03rd, 2012 at 9:12 am||GER cruised to a comfortable win, their third in so many matches, to join NED at the top of pool B|