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Hockey World Cup 2018, Match 8: Germany vs Pakistan, Live Score, Commentary & Updates

GERMANY 1 - PAKISTAN 0
Updated: 01 December 2018 20:29 IST - Published: 01 December 2018 13:29 IST
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That's it from us here - this is Subhashish signing off- do join us when Canada play South Africa at 1700 IST tomorrow - and the big one - India play Belgium at 1900 IST. Stay tuned to Sportskeeda for all the latest updates 
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THE GERMANS HAD TO WORK HARD - IN THE END IT'S JUST A SINGLE GOAL THAT SEPARATES THE TWO TEAMS - GRAMBUSCH EARNS THE PLAYER OF THE MATCH AWARD - STATES THE GERMANS STR NOT USED TO THE CROWDS AND THE WEATHER BUT DID THEIR BEST
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PAKISTAN PLAYED AN UNCHARACTERISTICALLY RESTRAINED GAME, SACRIFICING FLAIR FOR SOLIDITY AND KEPT THINGS INCREDIBLY TIGHT AT THE BACK - THEY DID SUCCEED TO A LARGE EXTENT IN KEEPING THE GERMANS QUIET AND AWAY FROM THE DANGER ZONE - HASSAN SARDAR WILL BE HAPPY IN SPITE OF THE RESULT 
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FULL-TIME: GERMANY 1 - PAKISTAN 0

MARCO MILTKAU 36'
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59' Heavy, but clean tackle by Nguyen to dispossess Abu Bakr 
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58' A cross comes in and flashes harmlessly across the German goalmouth - Pakistan running out of time here
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57' Green card to Muhammad Irfan for a nasty obstruction 
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56' The German defenders looking far too good to allow Pakistan room
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55' Germany have a great chance to break forward but Pakistan manage manage to mop up - just about
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NO GOAL - FREE OUT TO THE DEFENCE - AS THE BALL HIT THE BODY OF THE GERMAN ATTACKER
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53' Hauke earns a free hit - Wellen scores - but Pakistan want to refer!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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52' Zubair attempts to scamper ahead of his markers - fails to find the pace to do so
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51' Florian tries to angle the ball in from the baseline - too many Green shirts to get past
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49' Tasawwar gets on the other end of a long ball - loses control outside the German D
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48' Imran Butt denies Wellen at the other end - the pace of the match is hotting up as both sides begin to venture ahead
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47' Pakistan storm the German circle - fail to get a shot on goal
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Germany just ahead but Pakistan continue to threaten - can the Men in Green restore parity?
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END OF Q3: GERMANY 1 - PAKISTAN 0
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44' AIJAZ FAILS TO REACH THE BALL IN FRONT OF GOAL WHEN ALL THE GERMAN DEFENDERS WERE BEATEN
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43' Pakistan look for PC but earn a long corner - Irfan Sr working trielessly as ever
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GRAMBUSCH FLICKS WIDE!!
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40' GERMANY HAVE A PC THANKS TO MARTIN HANER
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38' GRAMBUSCH AT THE OTHER END - FAILS TO CONTROL HIS SHOT AND FIRES IT WIDE
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37' PAKISTAN MISS A SITTER!!!!!! ZUBAIR UNABLE TO CONNECT ON TO THE BALL AT THE GOALMOUTH
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GERMANY 1 - PAKISTAN 0
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MARCO MILTKAU SCORES - GERMANY ARE AHEAD!!!!
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36' GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL
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33' Flank to flank and flank to center - the Germans inch ahead in typical fashion - Pakistan come away - cannot get a cross into the circle
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32' Irfan Jr has the ball just outside the right of the German D - cannot weave his way in
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31' Pakistan begin the second half by knocking the ball around in their own half - caution is the key 
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"We need PCs" says Hassan Sardar
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"We need more speed in the second half" says Stefan Kermas
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Ten circle penetrations and three shots on goal for Germany - three circle entries and two shots on goal for Pakistan. The Men in Green sacrificing flair for solidity at the back - the match is fascinatingly poised - as the game is sure to open up and get more interesting in the second half 
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END OF Q1: GERMANY 0 - PAKISTAN 0
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28' Pakistan mess up a chance to counter 

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26' Mohd Irfan is calm, composed, and efficient at the back - the Germans being beaten at their own game in the Pakistan 23
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25' One forward pass is followed by two back passes as the Germans being held up in Pakistani traffic 
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24' WELLEN TRIES A FIRST-TIMER - MISSES THE TARGET
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23' Pakistan have been excellent with their marking - the Germans not creative enough thus far
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21' The Germans unable to split open the Pakistan defence - Pakistan unable to move beyond the German 23- lots of play in the midfield
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20' Ruhr gets a green card - but Germany have the ball
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19' IMRAN BUTT INTO THE ACTION AGAIN - GERMANY BEGIN TO ASSERT THEMSELVES
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18' Germany come away down the left flank - cannot find a way ahead - switch flanks instead - Fuchs caught in a pocket on the right end
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16' Germany have a free hit - Florian Fuchs fails to control the ball in the Pakistan circle
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CHRISTOPHER RUHR HAD THE BEST CHANCE IN THE FIRST QUARTER - BUT BOTH TEAMS HAVE BEEN EQUALLY TIGHT AT THE BACK -  FOUR CIRCLE PENETRATIONS FOR GERMANY - ONE FOR PAKISTAN - AN INTENSE AFFAIR WITH THE PROMISE OF GREAT THINGS TO COME
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END OF Q1: GERMANY 0 - PAKISTAN
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14' Pakistan have a chance to get a shot on goal - the shot is off target though
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13' Ruhr dispossessed at the far left end of the pitch- Pakistan defending well
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12' Rizwan Sr finds Ali Shan - who cannot reach the ball near the German back line
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11' Intense and absorbing at the center of the pitch - neither side giving an inch - the Germans look better up front