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Hockey WC: Germany thrash Netherlands 4-1

ANI  |  Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India] 

In a match between two European powerhouses, defeated the with a dominating 4-1 margin to top the Pool D in the ongoing Men's here at on Wednesday.

took the attacking initiative in the first quarter as made his way with a reverse hit but the Dutch narrowed the angle and the ball crashed into the side-boarding. In the seventh minute, the German defence prevented Seve van Ass from having a shot at the goal.

Mirco Pruijser, in the 13th minute, opened the score-line for the Dutch side after a superb run from into the smallest of spaces on the left side. The got to the baseline and crossed it across goalmouth where Pruijser was there to add the finishing touch.

In the second quarter, showed some superb stick work to prepare his shot from the edge of the circle. However, three Dutch sticks surrounded him to prevent from shooting. From a clever penalty corner in the 30th minute, equalised variation to level things for just before the half-time.

The Dutch side, in the third quarter, won three penalty corners in a row. But it did not amount to any goal as the Germans managed to clear out the danger. Christopher Ruhr, in the 45th minute, found himself with large space inside the circle. reached the penalty area at the other end, but German put an excellent tackle.

In the 52nd minute of the match, gave his team the lead with a powerful drag-flick into the bottom right corner. Two minutes later, took another comfortable lead. As the Dutch buckled under the pressure, in the 58th minute scored from a to seal the deal in a 4-1 victory over the

Germany will next take on Malaysia, while the will play against in their final Pool D fixture on December 9.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 19:46 IST