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Germany beat Netherlands 4-1 in Euro rivalry, inch closer towards quarterfinals

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Two-time champions outclassed last edition silver medallist 4-1 in their second Pool D match to inch closer towards booking a direct quarterfinal berth at the ongoing men's here on Wednesday.

came back from a goal down and scored through (30th minute), (52nd), (54th) and (58th) to register their second consecutive win in the pool.

Netherlands, however, took the early lead through in the 13th minute.

By virtue of this win, are atop Pool D with six points from two wins ahead of Netherlands, who are on three points.

Germany had earlier defeated 1-0 in their opening match, while had mauled 7-0.

In the battle between world number 4 and number 6 Germany, the Dutch were the early aggressors but the Germans came to the party as the match progressed.

Netherlands had the first real scoring opportunity in the eighth minute but his shot from a close range was brilliantly saved by German keeper

But the Netherlands, who were the better team at least in the first quarter, were not to be denied the lead as Verga broke the deadlock in the 13th minute, tapping in Mirco Pruijser's reverse hit cross from close range.

The Germans got their first penalty corner seconds before the end of first quarter but were unlucky as Mathias Muller's strike from a superb variation struck the post. Another Germany attempt, this time from Niklas Wellen's reverse hit was saved by Dutch

Germany continued to press hard and at the of first quarter secured back-to-back penalty corners, the second of which resulted in a beautiful goal by Muller from a superb, well-executed variation.

The Germans continued to be aggressive after the change of ends but it was Netherlands who got four penalty corners in a span of two minutes but wasted all the opportunities.

The missed opportunities cost Netherlands dear as Germany scored from their fourth penalty corner with Windfeder finding the back of Dutch goal with a low grounded flick.

Two minutes later, Germany made the scoreling 3-1 in their favour when Miltkau deflected in a Niklas Wellen pass from the right flank.

As if that was not enough for the Dutch, Germany struck again two minutes from the final hooter from a which was converted by Ruhr.

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First Published: Wed, December 05 2018. 19:30 IST