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 A STERLING PERFORMANCE 

Indian palyers: a spectacular displayAlthough 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.

Cedric D' Souza with the Indian playersWithout 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 Michael Green.

German  coach and manager: discussing the strategyAfter 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.
- MAR Fareed

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