Indian women thrashed 1-7 by Germany
Rotterdam: India suffered a humiliating 1-7 thrashing at the hands of Germany to end their pool engagements on a disappointing note in the women`s competition of the FIH World League Round 3 here on Sunday.
The fitter and faster Germans completely dominated the match with the Indians left to defend their citadel in their own half for most part of their last Pool B match.
The Indian backline had a busy day in office as they had to defend the rampaging Germans who combined well and changed flanks in great pace to unsettle their opponents.
Janne Muller-Wieland (14th), Maike Stockel (22nd and 44th), Marie Mavers (35th), Jennifer Plass (49th), Lydia Haase (54th) and Hannah Kruger (67th) scored for Germany.
Vandana Katariya scored the lone goal for India in the 43rd minute.
Fifth-ranked Germany got five penalty corners from which they converted two. India, ranked 12th, got two penalty corners which they could not convert to any goal.
With today`s loss, their second in the group stage, India ended the pool phase with one point which they earned from their 1-1 draw against Belgium. Germany topped Pool B with nine points with an all-win record.
The Ritu Rani-led side are likely to play against Pool A topper or runners-up in the knock-out phase which begins on Tuesday. All the eight teams -- four each in the two pools -- will still play in the quarterfinal phase as the preliminary matches are only meant to decide who plays whom in the knock-out stage.
The last-place team of one pool plays the topper of the other pool and so on.
As early as the sixth minute, Germany sounded the Indian board but the goal was disallowed after India asked for a review on the ground of dangerous play.
Germany got the first penalty corner in the 10th minute and Indian goalkeeper Savita made a brilliant save diving to her right.
Four minutes later, Germany surged ahead from the second penalty corner with Janne Muller-Wieland finding the target from an angular shot.
Germany doubled the lead in the 22nd minute with Maike Stockel slamming home by connecting a low cross from the left.
India got a chance to score in the 20th minute but Mayengbam Lily Chanu`s angular shot was saved by the German goalkeeper.
Germany made it 3-0 at the stroke of half-time, with Marie Mavers, who was a constant threat to Indian defence, tapping the ball into an empty Indian goal after being nicely set up by Kristina Hillmann.
India pulled one back with a fine goal in the 43rd minute from their first penalty corner. Vandana Katariya made a fine deflection off a penalty corner variation.
Germany replied immediately with a goal in the next minute with Maike Stockel scoring his second goal after she was left to take the strike inside the circle.
Germany made it 5-1 in the 49th minute from their fourth penalty corner with Jennifer Plass slamming the ball home with a reverse flick after Indian goalkeeper was left stranded.
Lydia Haase made it 6-1 with a perfect finish off a spadework from Teschke Jana before Hannah Kruger found the target off her drag-flick from the fifth penalty corner of the Germans.