Olympic bronze medallist Germany take on World no. 3 Belgium in the third Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 quarter-final at Kalinga Stadium on Thursday. Both the teams have had a splendid run so far and displayed some exhilarating hockey.
Germany come into this after a 5-3 win over Malaysia. Germany’s performance in the play-offs proved that Germany is indeed the right candidate for the title in this World Cup.
No substitute to hard work and discipline
The German captain Martin Haner is one of the most respected, hardworking and disciplined players in the world. The 30-year-old is the 2nd most senior after Tobias Hauke and has over 200 caps to his name.
His contribution to the team is remarkable and has been tremendous in all of Germany’s 3 World Cup wins so far and he will be rearing to lead his team to the 4th.
Looking ahead to his team’s quarter-final clash against Belgium, Germany captain Martin Häner said:
“We were quite happy with our pool performance, but we also know that we haven’t played to our maximum yet, probably not good enough to win a quarter-final against Belgium. Belgium is a tough opponent. They totally controlled their first knock-out match [against Pakistan] and furthermore dominated India in the first half of their pool match.”
Played – 3; Germany – 2, Belgium – 1