Wiesbaden (Germany): The Indian women’s hockey team lost 1-4 to Germany in the first of the two matches against the hosts, here on Tuesday.
Youngster Vaishnavi Vittal Phalke (29′) was the lone goal-scorer for India while Nike Lorenz (6′, 59′) and Jette Fleschütz (14′, 43′) scored a brace in Germany’s win.
The hosts began the match on an attacking note, putting India on the backfoot at the very beginning. They scored back-to-back goals in the first quarter mounting pressure on India’s defence.
Germany’s first goal came off Nike Lorenz’ well-executed PC while the team’s second goal came off a penalty stroke via Jette. Though the visitors tried to bounce back when they were awarded a PC in the 11th minute, the chance could not be converted.
However, in the second quarter, the Indian team emerged from the early setback with a well-structured game. While they didn’t allow any goals by Germany, they successfully converted a PC in the 29th minute through Vaishnavi.
With the score reading 2-1 at halftime, Germany returned to the pitch with a plan to test the Indian defence. While India lived up to the fight, an infringement by India’s defence while halting the German attack in the circle, saw them concede a PC.
Jette made no mistake in converting the opportunity helping her team extend the lead to 3-1. Though India found a few chances in the final quarter to score, the German defence was too strong to breach.
Meanwhile, Nike scored the fourth goal for Germany in the dying minutes of the game taking the final score to 4-1.
India will play against Germany on Wednesday.