India’s Junior Hockey Team loses 3-6 to Germany in Sultan of Johor Cup semifinals
India’s junior hockey squad faced a 3-6 defeat against Germany in the Sultan of Johor Cup semis. Germany’s dominant performance led to a decisive win, marking a challenging game for the Indian team. Read the details of the game and its impact on the upcoming fixtures.
The Indian junior men’s hockey team suffered a 6-3 defeat against the second-ranked Germany in the Sultan of Johor Cup’s semifinals in Malaysia. Germany’s Christian Franz, Nikas Berendts, Peer Hinrichs, and Sperling Florian scored goals, while Amandeep Lakra, Uttam Singh, and Rohit netted for India.
Defending champions, India, began strongly, threatening Joshua Onyekwue Nnaji’s goal early on. However, Germany’s Ben Hasbach had the first shot on target, stopped by India’s goalie Mohith H.S.
Germany took control, pushing India back and keeping them goalless in the first quarter. Christian Franz scored early in the second quarter, while Nikas Berendts struck from a penalty corner just before halftime.
India rallied in the third quarter, reducing the score through Amandeep Lakra. But Germany swiftly extended their lead with goals from Peer Hinrichs and Nikas Berendts. The final quarter saw Hinrichs score again and Florian added another for a commanding 6-1 lead.
Uttam Singh scored India’s second goal, and Rohit netted from a penalty corner in the dying moments. Despite India’s spirited fight, the match concluded in a 3-6 loss. India will face the losing team from the Australia vs. Pakistan match on November 4.