Prime News, International and National Sport, Hockey, Bhubaneswar (Odisha), December 6:- Germany thrashed fellow European heavyweights Netherlands 4-1 in a completely one-sided Pool D affair to confirm a quarter-final spot at the ongoing 2018 Hockey World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium here on Wednesday.
After this thumping win, Germany topped Pool D charts with two wins from as many games and six points in their kitty, while Netherlands are placed second with three points, followed by Pakistan and Malaysia.
The two-time champions thus became the first team in this edition to earn direct qualification into the quarter-finals.
Mirco Pruijser drew first blood for the Dutch in the 13th minute. However, they failed to extend their lead as the Germans gradually started to dominate the proceedings from the second quarter onward.
Germany’s Mathias Muller found the back of the net to bring his team back on level terms in the 30th minute.
After a goalless third quarter, the fourth and final period saw Germany completely dominating their opponents as Lukas Windfeder’s powerful dragflick into the bottom right corner made the issue 2-1 in the 52nd minute.
Two minutes later, Marco Miltkau extended Germany’s lead before Christopher Ruhr converted a penalty stroke in the 58th.
Malaysia hold Pakistan to 1-1 draw
Both teams thus opened their accounts in the pool table as they now have one point each after two matches. Malaysia had suffered a 0-7 humiliation to Holland in their campaign opener while Pakistan had fought hard before going down 0-1 to a sluggish Germany.
The result leaves both needing to win their respective last pool matches and hope for a favourable result in the other game.
While Malaysia will face title contenders Germany in their last match, Pakistan are expected to face an uphill battle against formidable Netherlands. However, a superior goal difference gives Pakistan an advantage over Malaysia.
Pakistan dominated possession but the well-organised Malaysian defence did well to hold them at bay and create occasional scoring chances with fast counter-attacks. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)