|December 4th, 2012|
|11||Pool A||5:30pm||GER - IND||3 - 2 (1 - 1)||Final||x 40|
Germany – India 3-2 (1-1 halftime)
India lost the battle but won the Pool A war after suffering its first loss at this Champions Trophy with a 3-2 decision against Germany. The Germans earned the come-from-behind win, but India still won Pool A thanks to a better goal difference. As the top seed out of Group A, India will face Belgium in Thursday’s quarterfinal, which finished last in Pool B. Germany closes out the preliminary round in second place and will take on the third-place team from Pool B in its quarterfinal.
Germany’s win came thanks to a strong five minutes in the second half that saw them come from a 2-1 deficit to earn the 3-2 win.
Gurwinder Singh Chandi kicked things off quickly when he stormed downfield and put in the quick 1-0 goal just four minutes into action. Germany calmly regrouped after falling behind and was eventually rewarded when one of the few veterans on the team, Oliver Korn scored on a strong second effort to bring the sides even at one.
India opened up the second half scoring when Nithin Thimmaiah deflected in a second effort penalty corner shot five minutes after the break. The Indian lead held for more than 15 minutes until Patrick Schmidt deflected in a shot from Tobias Matania. The Germans took their first lead of the game two minute later when Matania scored on penalty corner. The Indian pressured the German net through the last whistle, but couldn’t get the equalizer.
Germany must await the outcome of today’s last game for its’ quarterfinal opponent.
Notes: Today was the 600th game in Champions Trophy history
|December 04th, 2012 at 12:35 am||Anthems are finished -- time to start the party between Germany and India!|
|December 04th, 2012 at 12:41 am||Chandi gives India the early 1-0 lead with a nice goal just five minutes into action|
|December 04th, 2012 at 12:50 am||Germany evens things up at the 22-minute mark when Korn strikes on a great second effort. 1-1|
|December 04th, 2012 at 12:55 am||Jacobi stands his ground in the German net and stops two point blank chances from India. Still 1-1 with 16 left in the half|
|December 04th, 2012 at 1:04 am||Seven to go in the half. Germany applying pressure, but miscues are keeping them from getting the go-ahead goal|
|December 04th, 2012 at 1:12 am||And at the half, it's anyone's game with a 1-1 deadlock after an entertaining 35 minutes between GER and IND|
|December 04th, 2012 at 1:22 am||Germany and India are back on the field and ready for the second half.|
|December 04th, 2012 at 1:27 am||India takes the 2-1 lead when Nithin Thimmaiah deflects the ball in on a second effort pc chance. 30 minutes to go|
|December 04th, 2012 at 1:38 am||The pro-India crowd definitely doing their part to cheer the Indians onto victory. 20 to go and still a close 2-1 game.|
|December 04th, 2012 at 1:44 am||Germany evens things up with 14 minutes to go in the game. Schmidt deflects in a shot from Matania.2-2|
|December 04th, 2012 at 1:46 am||Germany strikes again and takes the 3-2 lead. Matania puts in the penalty corner with 12 to go in the game|
|December 04th, 2012 at 1:55 am||Three minutes to go and Germany still with the 3-2 lead, but India is swarming the German zone|
|December 04th, 2012 at 2:02 am||Germany holds on for the 3-2 win, but India still finishes Pool A in first place thanks to a better goal difference.|