India disappointed the whole country with its loss in
the cricket match against Australia, its hockey team did
the country proud by winning a well fought match against
Germany, one of the best teams in the world at the Begumpet
Police stadium in Hyderabad. The match was conducted as
part of the Indo-German festival.
Thanks to superb goals by Daljeet Singh Dhillon and Tejbir
Singh, India could record an emphatic win over the Germans.
India scored its first goal in the 21st minute of the
play when Daljeet Dhillon pushed a short diagonal to Sukhbir
Gill and the ball was directed into the goal by Daljeet.
India scored its second goal in the 57th minute when Tejbir
Singh scored a terrific goal to put the team 2-0 ahead.
The agility and sharpness displayed by the Indian players
was awesome. The whole team played like a cohesive unit
and gave no chance to the German players to take the game
away from them. The Indian players packed the midfield
with Baljeet Saini and Skipper Daljeet Singh Dhillon displaying
great athleticism. The performance of Dilip Singh Tirkey
and Bipin Fernandes was also outstanding. Tirkey looked
very defiant and was a big obstacle for the Germans to
clear the ball.
its star players Dhanraj Pillai and Mukesh Kumar, India
put up a brave fight and won the match emphatically. After
losing the first test in Mumbai, Cedric D Souza, Indian
hockey team coach said "The first match saw both
teams prodding each other. Now we are aware of their defence
and we plan to put a good show in this match." His
strategy in this match consisted of a mix of attack and
defence which proved to be fruitful and yielded positive
results for the team.
For the Deutschland team Justus Scharowsky was the lone
scorer. The goal came 30 minutes after the first half
when a reverse flick from Justus Scharowsky sailed over
the goal post. Except Justus Scharowsky, the other German
players looked tired and jaded under the heat of Hyderabad.
Often they lost their cool and the referee showed the
yellow card to Njorn Emmerling and the green card to skipper
the match, Cedric said "It was certainly a sweet
victory, though it was a hard fought one". He
said the Indians displayed better ball control and the
much expected thrust upfront was there. "I won't
say that I am ecstatic or happy with the victory. Definitely,
the team effort was there. That was the best part of the
game today", he said.
It was a terrific game all through and the spectators
who gathered to witness this match were pleased with the
Indian team's performance. About two thousand people who
gathered to watch the game cheered as and when India scored
the goals. School children, common public and some of
the VIPs like DGP HJ Dora and Municipal Commissioner
Mohanty who came to witness the game thoroughly
enjoyed the sterling performance of the team. Before the
start of the match, Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu
was introduced to the players.