Indian hockey team stunned higher ranked Germany 2-1 to win the bronze medal at the Hockey World League Final on Sunday.
India went down fighting to World no. 1 side Argentina & failed to reach their first ever final after falling behind Olympic Champions by 0-1 in the semis but the fortunes changed in Bronze medal play off.
SV Sunil (20′) put India in the lead in the first half but a poor defending saw Mark Appel (36′) equalise in the second half. Harmanpreet Singh (54′) then converted a penalty corner six minutes before the final hooter to seal the match in India’s favour.
Germany were down to 13 [including goalkeeper] men against their semi-final clash against Australia. On Sunday, they were further reduced to 11 meaning they won’t be able to rotate players through substitution. A few of them were lying down after the match, in pure exhaustion and disappointment after the energy-sapping defeat.
India got a crucial lead when a brilliant diagonal ball by Harmanpreet Singh from the midfield threaded through the German defence and found Akashdeep Sing on the left inside the D but his reverse hit was blocked and SV Sunil swept the resulting rebound, diving, inside the cage to put India 1-0 ahead in the second quarter.
Mark Appel equalised the things for Germany after a brilliant goal in third quarter. Harmanpreet Singh’s (54′) goal in the dying moments sealed the Bronze medal for India.