Dusseldorf [Germany], February 27 (ANI): World number three Germany beat India’s women’s hockey team 5-0 in their first leg of a four-match tour here in Dusseldorf on Saturday.
Pia Maertens (10 ‘, 14’), Lena Micheel (20 ‘), Pauline Heinz (28’) and Lisa Altenburg (41 ‘) found the net for the hosts. India got off to a great start at the start of the first quarter with a corner kick only in the second minute. However, the German defenses stepped forward and saved India’s shot at goal.
After that, the hosts increased their stakes and put extensive pressure on the Indian defense. They are in good positions and created lots of scoring opportunities. Germany forward Pia Maertens gave the hosts the lead with a goal in the 10th minute and then scored once again in the 14th minute. Both teams entered the first quarter break with Germany leading 2-0.
In the second quarter, the hosts continued to exert pressure on the Indian defense and got a penalty corner in the 17th minute. The Indian side saved the penalty corner and immediately counterattacked. India got a corner in the following minute, however, Germany stood tall and once again saved India’s shot on goal. The world number three took advantage of the momentum and took a 3-0 lead in the 20th minute when Germany forward Lena Micheel found an opportunity and turned it around brilliantly. Eight minutes later, the hosts extended their lead to 4-0 after midfielder Pauline Heinz scored just before the break.
The Indian team struggled and tried to make a breakthrough to the German half in the third quarter, however, the hosts fought back and got a penalty corner in the 40th minute. The Indian defensive line stood tall and found a way to parry a German shot at goal. However, the hosts continued to press India relentlessly and Germany took a 5-0 lead after Forward Lisa Altenburg scored in the 41st minute.
At the start of the final quarter, the Indian team showed fantastic character and immediately put Germany behind. They got penalty corners in the 47th and 50th minutes, but the German defense stood firm and saved an Indian attack on their goal. The Indian team struggled until the last minute, but the hosts made sure they didn’t concede and won the match 5-0.
India will face Germany in their second match on Sunday. (ANI)
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