A last-quarter goal from Akashdeep Singh ensured a 1-1 draw for India against Germany in their second pool ‘B’ clash at the FIH Hockey World League Final on Saturday. The Indian forward scored in the 47th minute, thus cancelling out Niklas Wellen’s 6th minute goal.
First half: Wellen puts Germany ahead with early goal, India come close to equalising
Germany looked like a well-oiled unit and an impressive show against Netherlands in their opening game said everything about the team’s form. India, on the other hand, were handed a 3-0 defeat by Argentina and the hosts had plenty of work to do. The opening minutes of the game saw some end to end action, with both teams being able to penetrate their opponents’ defense. However, the Germans drew first blood in the 6th minute through Niklas Wellen who responded well to a pass from Timur Oruz.
Trailing by a goal, India did not resent from attacking and made repeated attempts at the German goal. Led by skipper Sardar Singh, the men in blue threatened the German defenders on quite a few occasions but could not find the back of the net. At half-time, the score read 1-0 in favour of Germany.
Second half: Akashdeep Singh saves India from another defeat
Germany were awarded another penalty corner in the 3rd quarter and Lukas Windfeder’s drag-flick was kept out thanks to some brilliant reflexes from PR Sreejesh, the Indian custodian. Five minutes later, Ramandeep Singh did well to steer an incoming pass but was denied by Andreas Spack. The Q3 came to a close and India had only 15 minutes to draw level.
India were finally rewarded for their resilience in the 47th minute when Akashdeep Singh struck a beautiful backhand stroke into the goal. The last few minutes witnessed end to end action, but neither of the teams could find the winner.
India 1 (Akashdeep Singh 47′) drew with Germany 1 (Niklas Wellen 6′)