Young Vivek Sagar Prasad scored a brace because the Indian males’s hockey workforce outclassed Germany 6-1 in its Europe tour opener to make a powerful return to worldwide circuit following coronavirus-forced break.
Vivek (twenty seventh, twenty eighth minutes), Nilakanta Sharma (thirteenth), Lalit Kumar Upadhyay (forty first), Akashdeep Singh (forty second) and Harmanpreet Singh (forty seventh) had been the objective scorers for India.
Hungry to carry out, India performed with an intent to win. They went on an attacking mode proper from the beginning, placing stress on the German line-up.
After creating potential alternatives within the placing circle, India earned a penalty nook within the thirteenth minute of the primary quarter, which noticed midfielder Nilakanta breaking the impasse for the guests.
However, within the subsequent minute, ahead Constantin Staib scored an equaliser for Germany. The second quarter began with the hosts placing stress on India and earned themselves two back-to-back penalty corners within the preliminary minutes.
The Indian facet made sensible saves and created fast counter-attacks which led to midfielder Vivek scoring two back-to-back objectives within the twenty seventh and twenty eighth minutes.
In the third quarter, the hosts began off on the entrance foot once more and earned as many as six penalty corners. However, skipper PR Sreejesh stood agency in entrance of the objective to maintain the Germans at bay.
Soon after a stable defensive show, Indian forwards Lalit and Akashdeep netted sensible objectives within the forty first and forty second minute, respectively to put the world no. 4 Indian workforce within the driver’s seat.
Another superb alternative got here for the Indian males on the forty seventh minute within the type of a penalty nook, and Harmanpreet prolonged India’s lead with a fierce flick. Playing beneath stress, the hosts did strive exhausting to make a comeback and even pulled out their goalkeeper to put an additional attacker within the workforce however an important total efficiency from the Indian facet ensured a 6-1 victory.
“It was completely thrilling to play after so lengthy and coach’s recommendation to us was ‘go and benefit from the recreation’ and so we did. This was the identical German facet who’re taking part in the FIH Hockey Pro League matches, and I really feel we did properly in opposition to this squad, contemplating we had been taking part in after a 12 months.
“We had labored loads on particular person expertise and had deliberate tactical play in opposition to Germany again within the camp. We simply had to execute it right this moment and it was actually thrilling to be again with a win,” mentioned Sreejesh.
After a day’s break, India will once more take on Germany on March 2.