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Hockey: India draw with Germany as Australia, England top pools in Delhi

India led three times in a 3-3 draw with Germany, but still finished bottom of Pool A and will face Pool B winners Australia in Wednesday’s quarter-finals of the Hero World League Final in New Delhi. Photos: FIH.

India led three times in a 3-3 draw with Germany, but still finished bottom of Pool A and will face Pool B winners Australia in Wednesday’s quarter-finals of the Hero World League Final in New Delhi. Photos: FIH.

January 14, 2014: India picked up their first point of the Hero World League Final in New Delhi in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Germany in the final Pool A match on Monday night and the hosts will play Pool B winners Australia in Wednesday’s quarter-finals.

 

England finished top of Pool A with three wins after beating New Zealand 5-1 in Monday’s first match, while Germany finished second in the group after their draw with bottom-placed India.

 

Australia topped Pool B with a 6-1 thrashing of Argentina, who had surprised many by beating both Belgium and the Netherlands. The Dutch finished third after a last-minute goal earned them a 2-2 draw with neighbours Belgium.

 

On Wednesday, Pool A winners England will face Belgium in a match-up of the world’s fourth and fifth-ranked sides. Olympic champions Germany will take on London 2012 silver medallists Netherlands in a match-up of the world’s first and second ranked teams, while Pool B runners-up Argentina will play New Zealand.

 

Pool A

India, who lost to England and New Zealand, led three times against Germany, the hosts opening the scoring in the 19th minute when Germany’s Benedikt Furk deflected a shot in.

 

Five minutes later, Germany captain Oliver Korn equalised from open play following a quick counter-attack, but India led 2-1 at half-time after Rupinder Singh scored from a penalty corner strike in the 33rd minute.

 

Germany equalised in the 41st minute, with India scoring an own goal this time after a deflection from a hard pass into the circle. India continued to play well and Germany goalkeeper Tim Jessulat made two saves in quick succession before Dharamvir Singh (52′) converted a penalty corner in the 52nd minute to make it 3-2.

 

However, the hosts were denied a famous victory when big striker Thilo Stralkowski (68′) equalised from open play with just two minutes left on the clock.

 

India coach Terry Walsh said: “I am really proud of my team today. They played with the energy necessary for this level. The defence was solid and the attack was vibrant.”

 

Germany captain Korn said: “India played very well, but we played very badly. We made it too easy for India in the early parts of the game. Today’s game was not a step forward so we must take a look at why.”

 

England captain Barry Middleton scored his side's final goal in the 5-1 defeat of New Zealand.

England captain Barry Middleton is sent flying, but recovered to score his side’s final goal in the 5-1 defeat of New Zealand.

England earlier recorded their third straight win with a victory over New Zealand, having only led 1-0 at half-time after Ashley Jackson scored in the 30th minute from the team’s second penalty corner. Jackson doubled England’s lead in the 44th minute after flicking in another penalty corner.

 

Six minutes later, Mark Gleghorne scored from another penalty corner before the Black Sticks pulled one back in the 57th minute when Hugo Inglis converted a penalty corner. Two late goals from Tom Carson and Barry Middleton sealed the victory and top place in Pool A, although England coach Bobby Crutchley was not getting carried away.

 

“We were sloppy, particularly in the first half. In fact I would say that the scoreline flattered us,” Crutchley said. “Our penalty corners went well, which meant New Zealand had to step out and chase the game. This left us with space.”

 

Pool B

Australia ended Argentina’s surprise win with a dominant victory, opening the scoring in the third minute when Dean Beale stole possession and slotted home a reverse stick goal. Mark Knowles scored from the penalty spot in the 11th minute after a foul in the circle and three minutes later Kieran Govers converted an angled shot to make it 3-0.

 

Argentina's surprise run came to an end with a 6-1 defeat to Australia (in gold).

Argentina’s winning run ended with a 6-1 defeat to Australia (in gold), but Los Leones still finished second in Pool B.

Los Leones pulled one back in the 32nd minute through Facundo Callioni after a quick break, but Govers scored from a penalty corner strike in the final minute of the first half to make it 4-1.

 

In the second half, Australia extended their lead through two goals from open play. In the 44th minute, Russell Ford followed up on a shot that had been saved by Juan Manuel Vivaldi and four minutes later Kiel Brown made it six for the Kookaburras.

 

In the second pool match, the Netherlands snatched away a 2-2 draw when a win could have put them top or second in the group. In the first half, Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanash was called into action a few more times than his counter-part Pirmin Blaak, who made his first appearance in the starting 11.

 

Constantijn Jonker opened the scoring in the 31st minute when he got the final touch on a great pass from captain Robert van der Horst, but Belgium equalised within three minutes when top scorer Tom Boon flicked home a penalty corner.

 

Belgium captain Felix Denayer put his side in the lead in the 52nd minute with a superb shot high into the net. The Netherlands pushed hard for an equaliser, and Belgium held out until the 66th minute when Jeroen Hertzberger (66’) equalised from open play.

 

Van der Horst said: “If we had played 10 minutes longer, I’m sure we would have won it. This was a real hockey fight. It was a match both teams wanted to win.”

 

The Netherlands (in white) rescued a 2-2 draw with Belgium and next face a quarter-final clash with Olympic champions Germany.

The Netherlands (in white) drew 2-2 with Belgium and next face a quarter-final against Olympic champions Germany.

Source: FIH

 

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