India settled for a 2-2 draw against Germany in a high voltage encounter on Saturday here at the 3 Nations Invitational Tournament. Mandeep Singh (45′) and Sardar Singh (45′) scored for India while Niklas Wellen (13′) scored Germany’s first goal and Tobias Hauke (52′) scored the equalizer.
Q1 : Germany found success when Niklas Wellen perfectly deflected the ball with a good assist by his fellow compatriot to give Germany a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
Q2: Germany were constantly attacking and the pressure was evident on Indian players as they made unwarranted error which resulted in Germany winning their second PC of the match. But India’s Vice Captain Chinglensana Singh made a brave save to ensure Germany didn’t increase the lead.
Q3: The third quarter, however, belonged to India as they made great amends to get ahead of Germany. First it was India’s young sensation Mandeep Singh who struck gold with an impressive strike in the circle to give India the equalizer in the 45th minute.
Q4: Soon after, Sardar Singh wielded magic with inspiring dribbling abilities to carry the ball into the circle and successfully take a shot on goal. There was little scope for German keeper to stop this one, and India celebrated their second goal of the match.
Final 7 minutes: With a crucial 2-1 lead, India pushed hard to stay ahead of Germany but seven minutes into the fourth quarter Germany equalized through Tobias Huake.
Less than two minutes: India’s Akash Chikte made a great save in the dying minutes of the match to keep the Germans in the hunt. With little less than two minutes to end the match, Germany won a PC but India’s defence was rock solid to deny them the opportunity but had to settle for a draw.
Next up : India will play their next match on June 5 against Belgium at 18.30 hours (Indian Standard Time).