Bhubaneshwar: Germany started their campaign at the Hockey World League Final- 2017 with a two-nil thumping victory over England at the Kalinga stadium here today in the inaugural match.
In the inaugural match, Germany defeated England 2-0. While the first quarter ended on a scoreless note, in the second quarter Germany displayed their superiority with almost complete dominance on the field against their European counterpart . Mats Grambusch scored the first dream goal of the tournament in the 19th minute, while Christopher Ruhr scored the final goal for Germany.
In the third and the fourth quarters, Germany played attacking game but couldn’t convert a few close chances.
Mats Grambusch was adjudged as the Man of the Match.
“We are happy with today’s performance, but we missed a lot of chances. We need to get better,” said Ruhr.
On the other hand, England coach Russell Garcia said, “We started well, but couldn’t maintain the tempo. We didn’t give Germany too many chances. Had we got the penalty corner in the last six minutes, things could have been much more interesting.”
England will play next against India. “We are excited and looking forward to that match,” he added.