FIH Pro League 2023-24: Harmanpreet, Sukhjeet, Gurjant score to secure India 3-0 victory against Germany

Indian men’s team dominated over Germany 3-0 in a FIH Pro League hockey contest in London, England, on Saturday.

Published : Jun 01, 2024 16:24 IST , London - 2 MINS READ

India’s Sukhjeet Singh (center) celebrates after scoring. (File Photo)
India’s Sukhjeet Singh (center) celebrates after scoring. (File Photo) | Photo Credit: AP

India’s Sukhjeet Singh (center) celebrates after scoring. (File Photo) | Photo Credit: AP

India exploited a rusty German defence, punching three goals as the Harmanpreet Singh-led side outclassed the world champions to make a winning start to the London leg of the FIH Pro Hockey League here on Saturday.

Drag-flicker Harmanpreet (16th minute), Sukhjeet Singh (41st) and Gurjant Singh (44th) tormented an out-of-sorts young German side, which started off on a roaring note but could not sustain the momentum for long.

The world No. 5 India, with 24 points from 13 outings are third, while Argentina, whom India defeated twice during the Antwerp leg of the Pro League are second with 26 points from 14 matches. Netherlands are leading the table with 26 points from 12 games.

READ | IND vs GER HIGHLIGHTS, FIH Pro League hockey

Goalkeeping stalwart PR Sreejesh stood rock solid against a relentless German attack in the first quarter, thwarting two penalty corners before Harmanpreet’s penalty corner conversion in the first minute of the second quarter turned the tables on world No. 3 side.

The India skipper’s low flick aimed to the left of German goalkeeper Alexander Stadler took a deflection off the first rusher Antheus Barry before sounding the board in the 16th minute.

Sukhjeet then doubled the lead in the 41st minute. Picking up the ball on the wing, he gave a through pass to Abhishek and made a dash to the circle. Abhishek relayed the ball back to Sukhjeet, who unleashed an unstoppable shot past the German goalkeeper.

Gurjant then lined up the third goal for India three minutes later.

Sanjay played the ball to Jarmanpreet Singh on the goal-line. The defender then flicked the ball back to Gurjant, who scooped it past Stadler to signal India’s dominance.

All along, a jittery German side tried its best to breach the Indian defence but to no avail with Sreejesh showcasing his capability in the cage.

The Germans, returning to competitive hockey after nearly four months, having last played in the Olympic qualifiers in January, were profligate with penalty corners and their coordination left a lot to be desired.

They earned a dozen penalty corners but all went waste. Sreejesh too played his role to perfection, thwarting three attempts -- two off penalty corners -- in the first quarter.

India will take on Germany again on June 8. They will play Great Britain on June 2 and 9.

Sign in to unlock all user benefits
  • Get notified on top games and events
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign up / manage to our newsletters with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early bird access to discounts & offers to our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide to our community guidelines for posting your comment