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Akshdeep Singh scored in the 42nd minute. Thanks to this goal, Team India had a 5-1 lead over Germany.
The Indian hockey team returned to Corona with a win after almost a year. The team defeated Germany in their home by a big margin of 6–1. Young player Vivek Sagar scored 2 consecutive goals in the 27th and 28th minutes for the team.
Neelkant Sharma scored the first goal for Team India in the 13th minute. This led to a 1-0 lead for just one minute by the Indian team. In the very next minute, Germany’s Konstantin Staub equalized and scored a goal.
After this, after 2 consecutive goals of Vivek, the Indian team took a 3-1 lead. From here on, no claim from Germany was successful on the Indian team. After this, Lalit Kumar scored the goal in the 41st minute, Akshdeep Singh in the 42nd minute and Harmanpreet Singh scored in the 47th minute.
Indian team will play 2 matches in UK as well
The World No-4 Indian team has reached Germany under the captaincy of goalkeeper PR Sreejesh. There is a 2 match series between the two teams here. The next match will be played on 2 March. After Germany, the Indian team will also go to Britain. There will be 2 matches against Britain on 6 and 8 March. It is a big match for practice for the Indian team before the Tokyo Olympics in July.
India last played in the FIH Hockey Pro League held in January and February last year. In this tournament, the team met against Netherlands, Belgium and Australia in Bhubaneswar.
Help will be given in preparation for Tokyo Olympics
The Indian captain said before the match that the tour would help the team prepare for this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Sreejesh said, ‘The matches against Germany and Britain are important for our preparations. This is an opportunity to test yourself physically and mentally. We are playing against good teams despite Corona. It can prove lucky for us.
Team gets strict SoP, not bio-bubble challenge
Sreejesh had said that the tour to Germany would help us set the parameters. Sreejesh also spoke about the perceived challenges of playing in the bio-bubble. He said that we have no challenge with bio-bubble. we are used to. We understand well that the epidemic is not over yet and we need to be responsible. We received a very strict SoP for this tour. We are following it.