India lose to Germany in Champions Trophy Opener

Olympic champions Germany broke Indian hearts with a late goal that beat hosts India 1-0 in a Pool B match of the Hero Champions Trophy on Saturday. It was the final minute goal by Florian Fuchs that undid the brilliant work by goalie PR Sreejesh and brought an eerie silence at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar.

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Germany’s Timur Oruz (left) vies for the ball with India captain Sardar Singh (courtesy: AP/NDTV)

Third-ranked Germany has a wealth of experience at this prestigious tournament, having won it on nine occasions. On the other hand, the Indian team has never got its hands on the trophy. This was the telling difference that helped Germany pounce on the last minute opportunity and score the decisive goal.

Fuchs scores 34 seconds from finish

The Germans had countless chances throughout the nail-biting match but Kerala custodian Sreejesh’s alertness prevented them from scoring. Even though he made numerous saves to keep the German attack at bay, the visitors finally beat him 34 seconds from the finish.

As the Indian goalkeeper rushed forward, German striker Fuchs calmly put the ball into the net to give Germany the victory in this Champions Trophy encounter.

On Sunday, India will lock horns with Argentina while Germany squares up against the Netherlands.

The Netherlands thrashes Argentina 3-0

In another Group B clash at the Champions Trophy, the Netherlands registered a 3-0 victory over Argentina. Mink van der Weerden scored in the 12th minute while Robbert Kemperman struck in the 19th minute to put the Dutch ahead 2-0. With 11 minutes to go, Diede van Puffelen made the score 3-0 for the Olympic silver medallists.

England shocks Australia 3-1

Earlier in the opening match of Group A, England created a massive upset as they beat five-time defending champions Australia 3-1. Samuel Ward’s brace sunk the injury-marred Australian team who are without their usual attacking midfielders.

Alastair Brogdon put England in the lead by striking as early as the sixth minute. But Ward’s goals in the 27th and 56th minute dashed all Australian hopes. In between, the Aussies pulled one back through Chris Ciriello in the 54th minute.

While Australia faces Belgium next, Pakistan will take on the in-form English team.

Belgium edges past Pakistan 2-1

The other Group A clash at the Champions Trophy saw Belgium edge past Pakistan 2-1. Tanguy Cosyns found the net in the 12th minute for Belgium. Muhammad Imran converted a penalty in the second half to level the match. But the European team emerged triumphant after Thomas Briels restored the lead in the 43rd minute.

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