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Dusseldorf (Germany)— World No. 3 Germany side defeated the World No.
9 Indian Women’s Hockey Team 5-0 in their first match of the
four-match tour here in Dusseldorf on Saturday. Pia Maertens (10th,
14th), Lena Micheel (20th), Pauline Heinz (28′) and Lisa Altenburg
(41st) found the back of the net for the hosts.
India got off to a great start early in the first quarter by
earning a penalty corner only in the second minute. However, the
German defensive line stepped up and saved India’s shot at the goal.
Thereafter, the hosts upped their ante and put extensive pressure on
the Indian defence. They got into great positions and created multiple
goal-scoring opportunities. Germany’s Forward Pia Maertens put the
hosts in the lead with a goal in the 10th minute and then found the
back of the net once again in the 14th minute. The teams went into the
first quarter break with Germany leading at 2-0.
In the second quarter, the hosts continued to put pressure
on the Indian defence line and earned a Penalty Corner in the 17th
minute. The Indian side saved the Penalty Corner and counter-attacked
immediately. India earned a Penalty Corner in the very next minute,
however, the Germans stood tall and saved India’s shot at the goal
once again. The World No. 3 side rode on the momentum and took a 3-0
lead in the 20th minute when Germany’s Forward Lena Micheel found an
opening and converted it brilliantly. Eight minutes later, the hosts
extended their lead to 4-0 after Midfielder Pauline Heinz found the
back of the net just before half-time.
The Indian team fought hard and tried to make inroads into
the German half in the third quarter, however, the hosts fought back
and earned a Penalty Corner in the 40th minute. The Indian defence
line stood tall and found a way to ward off the Germans’ shot at the
goal. However, the hosts continued to put pressure on India
relentlessly and Germany took a 5-0 lead after Forward Lisa Altenburg
struck a goal in the 41st minute.
At the start of the final quarter, the Indian team showed
fantastic character and put Germany on the back-foot straight away.
They earned a Penalty Corner in the 47th and the 50th minutes,
however, the German defense line stood tall and saved India’s strikes
on their goal. The Indian team fought hard until the last minute,
however, the hosts ensured that they didn’t concede a goal and won the
The Indian Women’s Hockey Team will take on Germany in
their second match on Sunday, 28 February 2021 at 1630 hrs IST.
YS.Rana: Principal Correspondent.