Indian women’s hockey team loses 1-3 to Germany in Five-Nations tournament

The Indian women’s hockey team loses 1-3 to Germany in a five-nation tournament© X (formerly Twitter)

The Indian women’s hockey team suffered a 1-3 defeat to Germany in the five-nation tournament on Tuesday. Captain Nike Lorez (11th minute), Hanna Carina Granitzki (23rd) and Charlotte Stapenhorst (52nd) scored for Germany, while Nikki Pradhan (34th) pulled one back for India. Germany took the game by the scruff of the neck in the first quarter. Captain Lorez slotted the ball past Bichu Devi Kharibam to give Germany an early lead. Granitzki doubled the lead for Germany in the second quarter through a penalty corner goal and gave India a mountain to climb.

After the break, a revived Indian team tried to threaten the German goal. As the pressure continued to mount on the Germans, it was Nikki Pradhan who put a shot on target from a penalty corner to give India a foothold in the game.

However, the momentum shifted back to Germany as Charlotte Stapenhorst’s goal in the final quarter restored their two-goal lead and sealed victory for her side.

The Indian team will face Ireland in their last match on Thursday.

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