Dusseldorf [Germany], March 2nd (ANI): The Indian women’s hockey team impressed in defense, but couldn’t stop Germany from winning their third game in a row in the four-game series here in Düsseldorf on Tuesday.
World number 3 Germany won 2-0 with goals from Sonja Zimmermann (26 ‘) and Franzisca Hauke (42’).
Encouraged by their robust defensive performance in the second game in the series, the Indian team continued to frustrate the German attackers. The hosts could not provide any early impulses and saved a penalty in the first quarter.
As Germany pushed forward to break the impasse, the Indian backline once again remained firm. Germany was awarded a PC early in the second quarter but still couldn’t find a way past the Indian women’s hockey team’s defense. The team also managed to keep three PCs off in the previous game.
Germany ended India’s resistance in the form of a goal from the third pc. This time, defender Zimmermann made no mistake when the Word No. 3 started the third quarter with a head start.
Germany doubled their lead shortly before the end of the third quarter when veteran midfielder Hauke was added to the list of goalscorers. The German team held on to their third win in a row.
The Indian women’s hockey team will face Germany in their fourth game on Thursday.
On Sunday, the Indian men’s hockey team, under the direction of PR Sreejesh, put on a brilliant show when they left hosts Germany 6-1 on the first of their European tour with four games.
India’s goal scorers were Nilakanta Sharma (13 ‘), Vivek Sagar Prasad (27’, 28 ‘), Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (41’), Akashdeep Singh (42 ‘) and Harmanpreet Singh (47’), who outdid the hosts and led theirs Team to a successful start in their first international match in over 12 months. (ANI)
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