Germany beat Pak 2-0 to win title
Germany emerged victorious in the Hockey Champions Trophy, beating Pakistan 2-0 in a pulsating final at a packed Kalinga stadium on Sunday.
Christopher Wesley (18th minute) and Florian Fuchs (56th) scored for Germany to lift the trophy for the 10th time. Germany had won the title for the last time in 2007.
Playing attacking shots from the beginning, Germany earned a penalty corner in the first minute of the match. However, they failed to convert. At the end of the first quarter, both the teams were tied goalless.
Continuing to play highly tactical hockey, Germany earned a short corner in the first minute of the second quarter, but that, too, didn’t fetch the desired result.
Wesley, however, bagged the first goal for the Europeans in the 18th minute with a strike from a close range. At half-time, Germany led 1-0. Both the teams fought hard to score in the third quarter. Pakistan, playing under pressure following the suspension of two of their players for the final match following objectionable behaviour in the semi-final against India, tried hard for the equaliser. However, the German defence stood firm to deny their every move and continued to pressurise the Asian team with several counter-attacks.