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Germany beat India 4-0 in the opening encounter, Hockey Live Score: Six Nations Invitational Hockey Tournament 2016 Live Match Updates

India next play Ireland on 28th June.

India lock horns with Germany in their first game today

India will hope to fire on all cylinders as they take on Ireland tomorrow.

Speaking after the match, Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans said, “We’re not looking too hard at the result because several members of the team have been rotated. The performance though is something we will look at and analyse and better on in our subsequent games.”

Germany scored their final goal in the 57th minute via a PENALTY CONVERSION by Lukas Windfeder.

India could not capitalise on the advantage after Martin Zwicker and Christopher Wesley were penalised for fouls. The scores were unchanged at 3-0 in the final break.

Germany took the lead in the 5th minute via Mats Grambusch. He went on to score his second goal minutes later before Moritz Furste scored a third  in the 14th minute to take a 3-0 lead into the first break.

Germany win the opening encounter of the Six Nations Invitational Tournament in Valencia, Spain. Too many goals conceded on penalty corners and our strikers have failed to fire today.

FULL TIME! It is GERMANY 3, INDIA 0.

Lukas Windfeder makes it 4-0. Looks like the game is not over yet. India would like to forget this scoreline at the earliest.

57’! FINAL THREE MINUTES of play and Germany strikes again! Another penalty corner goes into the goal and Germany are now leading by four goals.

GERMANY 4-0 INDIA!

A podium finish is a realistic target we're chasing here at this tournament. For that, we have to get the better of other teams after this match - to stay in contention for an elusive gold!  

The real test which started four years back is not this but the biggest sporting extravaganza of the world starting next month in Brazil. As someone points out, “We shouldn't read too much in this game. Guess, this is just permutation combination check before Rio.”

This team are carrying a newfound confidence in them. With four games remaining against Ireland, Spain, New Zealand, and Netherlands - there is scope for plenty of improvement!

SCORE: Germany 3-0 India

Still no signs of any goal from India.

We are in the final quarter now. Can India score a couple of goals and take confidence with them in the clash against Ireland tomorrow?

On the other hand, the same fans on social media who poured congratulatory messages are now venting their anger because of lack of coverage.

India finished the prestigious FIH Men's Champions Trophy with a silver but then this is the not the best start, considering the fact that this is the last preparatory tournament before the Olympics.

The scores remain at 3-0 with a few minutes to play!

The confidence Roelant Oltmans brought in seems to be lacking in the players. And this can be a concern ahead of Rio!

Roelant Oltmans must be very unhappy with the performance of the team!

It’s been nothing short of a brilliant performance from Germany as they have completely dominated the game till now.

It’s time for Q3 as Germany lead India 3-0 in the opener! Can the Germans hold on to the lead or will SV Sunil get India back to the game?

With the resources we have upfront, Sardar Singh's side can give a tough fight and come back in the game. But then Germany is known for their defense, it will be really tricky to break through their defence.

It has been a one-sided affair till now. Can India come back in this game?

SO, IT’S HALF-TIME. 

It will be harsh to expect Sreejesh prove his mettle time and time again. He has been completely brilliant in the past two years.AND SAVED US TIME AND AGAIN!

But today, there has been a complete domination from Grambusch and Germany. Scores – GERMANY 3:0 INDIA

This month the teams were locked in a 3-3 draw during the opening encounter of the Champions Trophy!

That encounter ended in a 1-1 draw in which India had been on the back foot until a late goal from Akashdeep saw the team equalize to prevent a loss. And Akashdeep is not even a part of the squad today.

The first one at the 2015 Hockey World League finals in Antwerp, Belgium.

The last two important encounters between both the teams have resulted in a draw!

The second quarter is now underway and the score still stands at 3-0 for Germany.

Grambusch was the star when the two teams faced. Seems like he is again taking the game away from India. 

The brilliant display of tactical hockey that we saw in the Champions Trophy is clearly missing today.

Can India pull one back before the end of Q1?

GERMANY 3-0 INDIA

13’ – Very poor start by India. Moritz Furste SCORES one more!

Germany gets a penalty corner now! Can they take a 3-0 lead in the first quarter itself?

12’ – Scores still the same! Germany 2-0 India

The third best men's hockey team in the world behind Australia and the Netherlands, Germany are two places ahead of the 5th-ranked India.

Mats Grambusch slots in the second goal for the Germans. India now two goals behind. Certainly not the best start by India.

10’ – GOAL for Germany again.

India has a strong attacking line-up, with experienced campaigners SV Sunil,  Akashdeep Singh, and Ramandeep Singh with the likes of Nikkin Thimmaiah and Talwinder Singh.

They need to fire today!

5’ – AND GERMANY scores the first goal. Mats Grambusch scores in the 5th minute to give the defending Olympic champions the lead.

In what is a positive news for the Indian side – defender Birendra Lakra, who was absent for the past few months after sustaining an injury in March is back in the squad.  

The match is now underway!

India would like to move on from the controversial Champions Trophy defeat against Australia and put their best ‘stick’ forward.

Sardar Singh who sat out entirely in London is taking over captaincy duties from PR Sreejesh.

Rupinder Pal Singh, Ramandeep Singh, and captain Sardar Singh are all starting for India!

This tournament will be crucial for the Indian players in terms of making the cut for Rio. Three players are returning to the fold after taking a much-needed break by skipping the Champions Trophy.

Barely three weeks ago, India opened their campaign against the same team in the 36th FIH Men’s Champions Trophy. On top of that, both these teams will clash at the Summer Olympic Games in August.

Hello! Good evening. We’re 10 minutes away from the India vs Germany clash in Valencia.

Fresh from their Champions Trophy success, the Indian hockey team are all set for their final tune-up ahead of the Rio Olympic Games at the Six Nations Invitational Hockey Tournament in Valencia, Spain.

After a rest of almost 10 days, the Sardar Singh-led squad open their campaign the reigning Olympic champions Germany, in what will be a repeat of their opening encounter in London. In their encounter in London, the Germans were two goals down before staging a comeback in their first match at the tournament. Eventually, a few mistakes committed by Indian defence earned them a 3-3 draw after sixty minutes.

Currently ranked 5th in the world, they go up against Germany, Argentina, New Zealand, Ireland and hosts Spain. While the top two teams shall compete in the finals, the would compete for the bronze medal.

Also Read: India's final chance to polish their skills and strategies before Rio Olympics 

India have been bolstered by the return of captain Sardar Singh and ace drag-flicker Rupinder Pal Singh. The duo of striker Ramandeep Singh, and the veteran Birendra Lakra who recovered from a ligament rupture sustained on his right knee is also a part of the squad this time round. The latter will be a part of the 'Men in Blue' after four months.

This tournament will help India in their Rio Olympics preparations as Germany, New Zealand, and Spain are involved in the same group for the biggest sporting extravaganza of the world. Indian hockey has come together again after so many years and a bit of caution is needed as the last thing the team needs is injuries to its players.

Eyes on Rio, Roelant Oltmans would like this team to keep surging ahead and fire on all cylinders. The game is ON, India.


Today’s India vs Germany, Men’s Hockey Match Time:

Play will begin at 7:30 p.m. IST.

The squad:

Goalkeepers: PR Sreejesh (VC) Vikas Dahiya;

Defenders: Rupinder Pal Singh, VR Raghunath, Kothajit Singh, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra;

Midfielders: Danish Mujtaba, Chinglensana Singh Manpreet Singh, Sardar Singh (C), SK Uthappa, Devinder Walmiki, Harjeet Singh

Forwards: Talwinder Singh, SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Nikkin Thimmaiah.

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