In a pulsating battle between Germany and Netherlands from Pool D, Germany beat Netherlands 4-1 at Bhubaneswar's Kalinga Stadium. It was a tight contest before the Netherlands succumbed after a 1-0 lead till the first-half.
As expected, Germany and Netherlands' contest started on the expected lines. It was aggressive play from both the sides. The Netherlands got the lead courtesy Valentin Verga; who scored the 50th goal of the ongoing edition. Germany looked hungry from thereon and held their opponents from making further amends. Just at the stroke of halftime, Germany leveled scores. Mathias Muller scored which was a smart penalty corner variation from the team. It set things up beautifully for the last two quarters.
The intense battle prevailed in the penultimate quarter. It was Germany who led in ball possession and passes accuracy but the Netherlands had the edge in terms of circle entries and penalty corners etc. Both sides kept on the attack but the score remained leveled before the ending moments of the clash.
It was Lukas Windfeder, Germany's defender, who hit the ball straight into Netherlands' goalpost with a penalty corner to make it 2-1 in his side's favor. The Netherlands' lost the plot from thereon and went 1-3 down courtesy another goal; this time from Germany's Marco Miltkau. The last nail in the coffin was provided with a goal from Christopher Ruhr (in penalty stroke).
After an impressive first two quarters, Netherlands conceded the match in the last quarter. Meanwhile, Germany marches ahead with two victories on the trot (first came against Pakistan).
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega