India suffered a humiliating 1-7 thrashing at the hands of Germany to end their pool engagements on a disappointing note in the women’s competition of the FIH World League Round 3 in Rotterdam on Sunday.
The fitter and faster Germans completely dominated the match with the Indians left to defend their citadel in their own half for most part of their last Pool B match.
The Indian backline had a busy day in office as they had to defend the rampaging Germans who combined well and changed flanks in great pace to unsettle their opponents.
Janne Muller-Wieland (14th), Maike Stockel (22nd and 44th), Marie Mavers (35th), Jennifer Plass (49th), Lydia Haase (54th) and Hannah Kruger (67th) scored for Germany.
Vandana Katariya scored the lone goal for India in the 43rd minute.
Fifth-ranked Germany got five penalty corners from which they converted two. India, ranked 12th, got two penalty corners which they could not convert to any goal.
With Sunday’s loss, their second in the group stage, India ended the pool phase with one point which they earned from their 1-1 draw against Belgium. Germany topped Pool B with nine points with an all-win record.
The Ritu Rani-led side are likely to play against Pool A topper or runners-up in the knock-out phase which begins on Tuesday. All the eight teams -- four each in the two pools -- will still play in the quarterfinal phase as the preliminary matches are only meant to decide who plays whom in the knock-out stage.
The last-place team of one pool plays the topper of the other pool and so on.
Keywords: FIH World League Round 3