NEW DELHI  - Germany needed to redeem themselves after their loss to Belgium on opening day and it only took them two minutes to stake their claim on the match when Christopher Rühr stole a careless pass from the defense, eliminated an opponent at full speed and blasted a shot that Amin Yousaf in the Pakistani goal nearly stopped but could not prevent from trickling over the line.

They doubled their tally on the 10th minute mark by Lukas Windfeder with a powerful penalty-corner drag flick high in goal. Christopher Rühr displayed then again his incredible talent in the 18th minute when he outran the whole Pakistani defense and delivered a reverse shot that left absolutely no chance to Amin Yousaf. Pakistan did not help their cause when M Arslan Qadir picked up a red card, leaving his side 3 goals down and one man short. Germany immediately capitalized on the situation, Christopher Rühr completing his hat-trick with this time a superb penalty-corner drag flick high in the corner, taking his side into the break with a comfortable 4-goal cushion and a total grasp on the proceedings. 

Germany stayed firmly in control in second period, circulating the ball in midfield away from their opponents and thwarting any Pakistani attempt at reducing the score. Play was fast paced and entertaining, but scarce in goals until the final ten minutes of play. Germany added a penalty-corner goal by Alexander Schöllkopf in the 59th minute and a last minute goal by Niklas Bruns, while Pakistan managed to salvage some pride with a penalty-corner on the buzzer by Ammad Shakeel Butt.

Germany were satisfied with this crucial win that pushes them ahead of Pakistan after two days of matches in Pool A and a strong chance to make it through to the quarter-finals.

In first match of the day, after their good performance against Pakistan the day before (narrow loss 2-3), Egypt started their match against European Champions Belgium with confidence. They defended well the first Belgian penalty-corner and were not shy to take their chances on swift counter-attacks, showing excellent individual skills.

In third match of the day, which was a crucial encounter for the lead in Pool C, The Netherlands were first on the scoreboard in the 4th minute, when Thierry Brinkman was on hand in front of the keeper to deflect a perfect pass drilled into the circle by Pepijn Luijkx. Korea forced a penalty-corner soon after but their ace-striker You Seungju was this time slightly off target.  They were more successful on their next attempt in the 17th minute, thanks to a deflection by Seo Inwoo just in front of the keeper.

Meanwhile, India kept themselves in the hunt for the knock-out stage after eking out a hard-fought 3-2 win over Canada in a Pool C match of the Hero FIH Junior Men's hockey World Cup, on Saturday.

India had started as favourites but they had to toil hard at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand Stadium as twice the hosts had to come from a goal down to grab three points. Drag-flicker Gurjinder Singh scored the winner for India in the penultimate minute of the match after Mandeep Singh (30th) and Akashdeep Singh (5th) sounded the nets to level the scores.

For Canada, Sukhi Panesar (3rd) scored from a field effort while Gordon Johnston made use of their lone penalty corner in the 51st minute India now need to beat Korea in their final pool match to secure their quarterfinal berth.

Both India and Korea are on three points each from two outings but Korea has better goal difference than the Indians and only a draw in their last match would be enough for them to pip the home team and go forward. With two wins out of as many games, Netherlands have already qualified for the quarterfinals from Pool C. Netherlands edged past Korea 3-2 to book their place in the quarterfinals of the event.

India will now face Korea in their last pool match on December 10 while Canada will be up against Netherlands.


Germany    6-1    Pakistan

Belgium    5-0    Egypt

Netherlands    3-2    Korea

India    3-2    Canada