Thursday, January 20, 2022

Junior Hockey World Cup: India lost to Germany at 2-4, Germany to play against Argentina in the finals

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 Team India lost to Germany in the semifinals for Junior Hockey World Championships. The winner, Germany is going to play against Argentina who defeated France to enter the finale.

German players Erik Kleinlein, Philip Holzmueller, Hannes Muller, Chistopher Kutter scored for the team. On the other hand, Uttam Singh and Dhami scored scored goals for their team in Kalinga stadium. Germany had won the tournament six times already and now they are ready to face Argentina for the final game of the World Cup. The hosts are going to play against France for the third finish in the showpiece.

India had a submassive start in their game but Germany established domination. In the second quarter, Germany had doubled their lead after a The hosts started the match very passively as Germany dominated possession but nothing really came out of it. In the dying minutes of the first quarter, the European team drew the first blood as Erik Kleinlein tapped in the dead ball inside the net from a rebound on the penalty corner. With five seconds left, India also got a penalty corner but Sanjay stormed his drag-flick wide.

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In the second quarter, flood-gates to goal opened as Germany double their lead after Philip Holzmueller had his shot. The German captain Hannes Muller very soon raked a tomahawk back in the net. This time the hosts were really in a bad position in the game.

Uttam Singh hooked a shot in the German net. Germany had an advantage of the big pockets in India’s defence as they had earned a penalty stroke. Chistopher Kutter helped Germany make the third goal. Indian player Manjeet missed a chance to get the touch in front of the German goal in the third quarter.

Indian player Dhami made its consolation goal who rifled past German GK to cut the deficit in half.

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Germany is the most successful team in the history of this tournament with six titles. The finale is definitely going to be thrilling between the two teams. Germany won its last title of Junior World Cup in 2013 in New Delhi.

It would be interesting to watch if the Germans can take the trophy back to their home.

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