Ger­many stun Dutch 4-1 to en­ter quar­ters

Pak­istan and Malaysia play out a hard-fought draw to stay afloat

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Ger­many thrashed fel­low Euro­pean heavy­weights Nether­lands 4-1 in a com­pletely one-sided Pool D af­fair to con­firm a quar­ter-fi­nal spot at the on­go­ing 2018 Hockey World Cup at the Kalinga Sta­dium yes­ter­day.

After this thump­ing win, Ger­many topped Pool D charts with two wins from as many games and six points in their kitty, while Nether­lands are placed sec­ond with three points, fol­lowed by Pak­istan and Malaysia.

The two-time cham­pi­ons thus be­came the first team in this edi­tion to earn di­rect qual­i­fi­ca­tion into the quar­ter-fi­nals.

Mirco Prui­jser drew first blood for the Dutch in the 13th minute. How­ever, they failed to ex­tend their lead as the Ger­mans grad­u­ally started to dom­i­nate the pro­ceed­ings from the sec­ond quar­ter on­wards.

Ger­many’s Mathias Muller found the back of the net to bring his team back on level terms in the 30th minute.

After a goal­less third quar­ter, the fourth and fi­nal pe­riod saw Ger­many com­pletely dom­i­nat­ing their op­po­nents as Lukas Windfeder’s pow­er­ful dragflick into the bot­tom right cor­ner made the is­sue 2-1 in the 52nd minute.

Two min­utes later, Marco Miltkau ex­tended Ger­many’s lead be­fore Christo­pher Ruhr con­verted a penalty stroke in the 58th.

In the other Pool D match later in the evening, Malaysia scored a late equaliser to hold Pak­istan 1-1.

Both teams thus opened their ac­counts in the pool ta­ble as they now have one point each after two matches. Malaysia had suf­fered a 0-7 hu­mil­i­a­tion to Hol­land in their cam­paign opener while Pak­istan had fought hard be­fore go­ing down 0-1 to a slug­gish Ger­many.

The re­sult leaves both need­ing to win their re­spec­tive last pool matches and hope for a favourable re­sult in the other game.

While Malaysia will face ti­tle con­tenders Ger­many in their last match, Pak­istan are ex­pected to face an up­hill bat­tle against for­mi­da­ble Nether­lands. How­ever, a su­pe­rior goal dif­fer­ence gives Pak­istan an ad­van­tage over Malaysia.

Pak­istan dom­i­nated posses­sion but the well-or­gan­ised Malaysian de­fence did well to hold them at bay and cre­ate oc­ca­sional scor­ing chances with fast coun­ter­at­tacks.

Atiq Ar­shad gave Pak­istan the lead when he scored a field goal off an ex­cel­lent pass from Mo­had­mmed Rizwan (se­nior) in the 51st minute.

The ex­pe­ri­enced Faisal Saari re­stored par­ity for Malaysia in the 55th minute when he pow­ered home a well-placed penalty cor­ner.

Pak­istan con­tin­ued to put pres­sure on the ri­val de­fence in the dy­ing min­utes but the Malaysians did well to de­fend stur­dily and hold on to earn a point.

(IANS)

Ger­many and Nether­lands play­ers vy­ing for the ball dur­ing their Hockey World Cup match in Bhubaneswar yes­ter­day.

(IANS)

Pak­istan and Malaysia play­ers in ac­tion dur­ing their Hockey World Cup match at Kalinga Sta­dium in Bhubaneswar yes­ter­day.

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