Keeping in-line with their international experience, the Indian junior men's hockey team will look forward to make a positive start against Germany in the opening match of the Volvo Invitational U-21 (Men) 2015, to be played in Breda (Netherlands) on Saturday.
Goalkeeper P R Sreejesh's magnificent effort went in vain as Olympic champions Germany scored a late goal to beat hosts India in their opening Pool B match of the Hero Champions Trophy at a packed Kalinga Stadium, here on Saturday.
Out of title race after a crushing defeat at the hands of Australia, hosts India would be hoping for a miracle when they take on Olympic champions Germany in the fifth-eighth place play-off game of the Hero Hockey World League Final, here tomorrow.
India find themselves in an all-too-familiar situation wherein they not only need to win all their matches, but also pray for favourable results in other games as they take on defending champions Germany in a Group B fixture of the Olympic men`s hockey competition here Friday.
The India men`s hockey team put up a brave fight before going down 1-2 against reigning Olympic champions Germany to slump to their third consecutive defeat in the four-nation test event ahead of the upcoming London Olympics on Saturday.