Niklas Wellen slammed a brilliant hat-trick to guide defending champions Germany to their record sixth world title, beating unheralded France 5-2 in the summit clash of the Hero Junior Men`s Hockey World Cup at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand, here on sunday.
Underdogs France friday scripted history by making their maiden appearance in the summit clash of the Hero Junior Men`s Hockey World Cup, defeating Malaysia via penalty shoot-out in the first semi-final of the quadrennial event at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium here.
India might have failed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the ongoing Hero Junior Men`s Hockey World Cup, but chief coach Gregg Clark feels his wards have a "bright future" despite them producing an inconsistent show in front of home crowd in the mega-event here.
Their dreams of a podium finish shattered, hosts India would be desperate to redeem some pride when they take on arch-rivals Pakistan in what promises to be a cracker of a contest in the 9th-10th place classification match at the Hero Junior Men`s Hockey World Cup here on saturday.
France will face Malaysia, while The Netherlands will lock horns against defending champions Germany in the semifinals of the Hero Junior Men`s Hockey World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, here on friday.
Keen to redeem some pride and finish inside the top 10 bracket, India team today sweated it out during the practice session and worked on the strategies ahead of their 9th-12th classification match of the Hero Junior Men`s Hockey World Cup against Argentina.
Their dreams shattered after crashing out of the Hero Junior Men`s Hockey World Cup, India would look to redeem some pride and finish inside the top 10 bracket when they take on Argentina in the 9th-12th classification match here at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, on Thursday.