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2018 Hockey WC: Germany thrash Netherlands to top Pool D

IANS  |  Bhubaneswar 

thrashed fellow European heavyweights 4-1 in a completely one-sided Pool D affair to confirm a quarter-final spot at the ongoing 2018 at the here on Wednesday.

After this thumping win, topped Pool D charts with two wins from as many games and six points in their kitty, while are placed second with three points, followed by and

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 onwards.

Germany's 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 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, extended Germany's lead before converted a in the 58th.

In the other Pool D match later in the evening, scored a late equaliser to hold 1-1.

Both teams thus opened their accounts in the pool table as they now have one point each after two matches. had suffered a 0-7 humiliation to Holland in their campaign opener while 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 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.

gave Pakistan the lead when he scored a field goal off an excellent pass from Mohadmmed Rizwan (senior) in the 51st minute.

The experienced restored parity for Malaysia in the 55th minute when he powered home a well-placed penalty corner.

Pakistan continued to put pressure on the rival defence in the dying minutes but the Malaysians did well to defend sturdily and hold on to earn a point.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 21:24 IST
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