Hockey World Cup 2018: Germany routs Dutch, Malaysia holds Pakistan

Germany came from behind to thrash Netherlands 4-1, while Malaysia's Faizal Saari's goal earned Malaysia a point in a 1-1 draw against Pakistan in the Pool D encounters of the Hockey World Cup 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.

After thrashing Malaysia 7-0 in the opening match, Netherlands started brightly against Germany and took the lead through Valentin Verga's (R) 13th minute goal. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Mathias Muller (extreme left) scored for Germany in the 30th minute from a well-worked penalty corner to make it 1-1 on the stroke of half-time. (FIH Twitter) Photo: FIH Twitter
Germany, stepped on the gas in the third quarter and the flood gates were opened after Lukas Windfeder's (centre) scored from a penalty corner 52nd minute. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Before the Dutch could recover from Windefeder's goal, Die Honamas added one through Marco Miltkau's (#22) goal in the 54th minute. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Two minutes from full-time, Netherlands conceded a penalty stroke and Christopher Ruhr stepped up to score from the spot and finish a 4-1 thrashing of the three-time champion and improve Germany's chance to reach the quarterfinals. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
In the second match of the day, both Pakistan and Malaysia struggled to find an opening in the first three quarters due to patchy finishing. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
Pakistan finally took the lead in the 51st minute through Muhammad Atiq who finished past Kumar Subramiam at the far post with an excellent strike. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images
But Malaysia's star attacker Faizal Saari sent a dragflick into the right top corner to beat Imran Butt in the 55th minute to end the match at 1-1. With Netherlands losing against Germany, Pool D cross-over chances have been blown wide open. (Getty Images) Photo: Getty Images