The Indian men's team produced yet another strong showing to claim the bronze medal at the Hockey World League (HWL) Final being held in Bhubaneswar.
India beat Germany 2-1 in the 3rd/4th classification match on Sunday to claim their second successive bronze in the tournament. India had finished third in the last edition of the tournament in Raipur in 2015. It was a brilliant performance from the hosts as they defeated the same team that had blanked them 0-2 in the group stages.
However, the performance lacked the spirit and energy that the Indians had showed against Belgium and Argentina and if it wasn't for illness and injuries to the Germans, the scoreline could have been very different.
The hosts took the lead through SV Sunil's brilliant strike in the 21st minute. Germany, however, equalised when Mark Appel scored a 36th-minute field goal much against the run of play.
When it seemed that the match would head into the shoot out, Harmanpreet Singh scored from a penalty corner in the 54th minute to help his team regain the lead.
The hosts managed to keep the Germans at bay for the rest of the match to claim third spot.
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