HWL Finals Live: India pips Germany to bronze medal

Catch all the live updates here as India squares off against Germany in the Hockey World League Finals at Bhubaneswar's Kalinga stadium.

The Indians will look to secure their second successive bronze medal in Sunday's clash against Germany.   -  PTI

OFF GOES THE HOOTER. India holds on to its lead to narrowly defeat a depleted Germany 2-1 and clinch the bronze medal at the Hockey World League Finals.

59" Mandeep earns a silly yellow card as India is reduced to 10 men for the last minute.

57" The Indian defence is fighting tooth and nail to ensure it doesn't let go of its one-goal lead.

56" Uthappa is on the floor and seems to have pulled his hamstring.

56" PC for Germany. India defends the attempt and holds onto its lead.

55" Fuchs leads the German charge as the side looks to steal a quick goal to push the game into a penalty shoot-out.

 

54" HARMANPREET SINGH SCORES! Puts India in the lead with seven minutes to go.

53" More drama here as India wins another PC.

52" Rupinder fires a flick but has his shot saved.

52" Harmanpreet's flick earns India another PC.

51" Penalty Corner for India. This could well be the turning point of the game.

Less than ten minutes to go in the bronze medal play-off as both teams search for what could be a winning goal.

48" Fuchs makes a surging run into the Indian D but there's no one to meet his cross.

46" India starts the last quarter on an attacking note as it searches for a winner.

Fourth quarter begins

 

We're down to the last 15 minutes of the bronze medal play-off between India and Germany with the scores level at 1-1.

44" Akashdeep twists and turns and earns India a free hit which is nearly converted.

41" Sumit makes an unnecessary tackle and is awarded a yellow card, meaning India will finish the third quarter with only ten men.

40" Akashdeep earns India a PC, its first of the match. However, nothing comes off it.

38" Germany now down to ten men and India will look to make the most of the situation.

36" GERMANY LEVELS THINGS! Appel was completely unmarked and fires an easy shot to get his side on level terms.

33" Germany's Fuchs makes a fine attempt on goal but a timely tackle denies him a shot on goal.

32" Another German player is down on the field and things don't look good for the German side.

32" India makes a quick move into the German D and Akashdeep unleashes a fine shot but the 'keeper makes a sharp save.

Third quarter begins


Germany has fired 10 shots in comparison to India's three. Goes on to show how determined this depleted German side is.

And that's half-time. India leads 1-0 but Germany looks very, very dangerous. The German side has all of 11 players and has absolutely no substitutes but has put up a brave fight so far.

28" India has made five circle entries in the second quarter so far.

26: Karkera at it again, makes another fine save to deny the Germans.

26" The German attack is keeping the Indians on their heels and earns its fourth penalty corner.

24" A great chance for India to double its lead but the attempt doesn't amount to anything.

22" Stats suggest that Germany has dominated the tie so far with more possession, shots on goal and attempts as well, however, India remains in the lead.

 

21" INDIA SCORES! Sunil smashes Akashdeep's rebound to put India up.

19" Germany back at it again and earns another PC, it's third in less than three minutes.

18" WHAT A SAVE! Karkera makes two fabulous saves to keep India in the tie.

18" Another penalty corner for Germany. Can the side gain the lead?

16" Sunil makes a circle entry looking for a penalty corner but fails to get one as Rupinder commits a foul to earn a green card.

Second quarter begins

 

14" Another close shave for India as the German captain's attempt is inches away from finding the net.

13" Penalty corner for Germany. What a chance! Karkera saved the first attempt while the second one is fired onto the site netting.

 

10" The Germans are largely playing a defensive game and have so far managed to thwart away all the advances from the Indian side.

8" The Indians are staging a barrage of attacks now as the German defence somehow, manages to hold on. Looks like its going to be only a matter of time before we see the first goal.

6" Mandeep plays a lob to Akashdeep but the latter is unable to control it, India looking strong so far.

4" Karkera makes a great save the German captain's attempt on goal.

3" Germany with a fine chance but unable to convert it.

3" S. V. Sunil makes a sharp run into the D and plays a decent cross but there's nobody on the receiving end.

2" Germany second goalkeeper forced to play as a striker today owing to the lack of substitutes in the German team.

First quarter begins


A huge roar from the crowd after the Indian national anthem and we're all set. Here we go!

Both teams are on the pitch now as we prepare for an intense clash tonight.

Here's the Indian line-up for the evening.

 

Out of the race and with its shot at the title gone, there is little more than pride at stake for host India when it takes on a depleted Germany in the play-off for its second successive bronze medal of the competition.

The only advantage for India would be an extra day of rest compared to its opponent, who stumbled to a 3-0 loss in the other semifinal against defending and world champion Australia on Saturday night, thereby getting less than 24 hours rest. That, along with an opponent struggling to put together a proper playing XI due to a combination of illness and injury and an expected full house backing it to up the standards compared to the previous outing between the two sides in the league stage here. Read more here --> India eyes redemption against depleted Germany

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