Rio 2016 Olympics Hockey: India vs Germany; Despite superb play, India lose 2-1

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New Delhi | Updated: August 08, 2016 11:02 PM

Rio 2016 Olympics Hockey: India vs Germany; the Indian hockey team is in action today against one of the favourite teams at the Olympic Games to win the gold medal.

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Rio 2016 Olympics  Hockey: India vs Germany; the Indian hockey team is in action today against one of the favourite teams at the Olympic Games to win the gold medal. It will be tough to maintain their play in the face of such opposition, but India are expected to give their all. The degree of difficulty for India increases as the team has not been doing very well. They just about managed to scrape through against Ireland in its first match, but it could have been much worse. They were not able to translate their strategy on the field of action. Now that an even stronger team has come face-to-face against India, the PR Sreejesh led team will have to perform at the top of their game, perhaps even better to be able to make a dent in the rival’s defence.

Having said that, there is no lack of confidence in the Indian players. They are just getting off to a slow start and thereafter they fail to make an effective turnaround and keep the opposition attackers restricted or quickly dispossessed of the ball. Germany is a very strong team and will do no favours to the Indian team unlike the Irish who squandered a huge number of penalty corner chances as well as those during running play. There are no comebacks against Germany and India will have to trade blow for blow to stay on top of the proceedings.

Having said that, man to man, while India leads in skills, the Germans are swifter, cover the ground well and are more powerful. India’s game is based on defence and they will look to make telling counter-attacks to make a difference:

Check out the proceedings as they happen:

* Full time: Germany 2 – India 1

* Germany score a goal with seconds left on the clock; heartbreak for India after 30 minutes of superb play; the Germans scored when it mattered most; they absorbed all the pressure India could throw at them and then launched a telling counter-attack; Indian eyes must have been on the clock rather than on the field of play; massive break in concentration costs India; a huge setback for Sreejesh and co and the fans back home.

* GOAL! Ruhr scores superb goal for Germany!

* German player gets yellow card; Gives India edge; however, resulting penalty corner wasted; India may regret this waste

* Germany force a penalty corner, but India stands strong, thwarts scoring chance

* At the end of the third quarter, India is running circles around Germany; they are surviving by pure luck alone; India not being able to finish off the Germans, this is old problem with India; they dominate yet are unable to kill the opposition

* Indian shooting letting them down; they have made many incursions into the German half but the shots at the goal from near going wide or are parried by the goalie

* Indians have superb dribbling attack going; they have all the skills and are running circles around the Germans

* The superb German goalie keeping India from scoring; he has made a number of telling saves; how long can he keep saving Germany?

* Charged up India on the attack; time after time India breach the German wall but do not manage to score a goal; a great piece of dominating play by India

* INDIA SCORE MAGNIFICENT GOAL! Rupinderpal Singh is the hero yet again after heroics against Ireland; after a good stop, Rupnder fools the goalie to score

* Finally, a penalty corner for India that came after superb play that kept Germany restricted to their goal

* Surprisingly, India not sitting back. They have launched a number of good attacks, although scoring opportunities are few.

* The Germans using their larger physical presence well, allowing very little space to the Indians; manage to create space for themselves. And that is exactly how Wellen got himself into an ideal shooting position to score the first goal for Germany. Capt Sreejesh disappointed.

* After entertaining first half, India and Germany are locked 1-1.
*For India, Rupinderpal Singh is the scorer

* Goal! The Germans score a sizzling goal! They score through Wellen. It was on expected line as they were dominating possession a lot.

* The Germans have seized the initiative and have been able to control the game later in the first quarter

* India is riding its luck at the moment and is being pushed back a little. They have run a lot and may have come to the boil too soon

* The Germans are not sitting back; they have figured out the Indian plan and are devising quick strategies to evade and launch their own attacks. The strategy is turning fruitful as a number of telling attacks have brought them to  within a scoring chance

* The strong Indan play is translating into possession of ball and they are getting increasingly into the German half

* The strategy catches the Germans by surprise; they were expecting Indians to play a defensive game, rather than one where they are attacking like tigers

* The Indian team started with a bang, letting the mighty Germans know they mean business; they are attacking in numbers and quickly charging down the Germans

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