India clinch a bronze medal at the Hockey World League Final for the second consecutive year with a 2-1 victory over Germany on Sunday.
India toiled hard for a 2-1 win over a depleted but resilient German side in the bronze-medal playoff in the 3rd/4th play-off match of Hockey World League (HWL) Final at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.
SV Sunil 20th minute and Harmanpreet Singh (54th, penalty corner) scored for the hosts who earned their second consecutive bronze medal in the HWL Final. Appel Mark, a goalkeeper for Germany who played as a striker due to the absence of five players, scored for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics winners.
India had earlier edged past Belgium in the quarter-final match to become the only team to defeat the tournament favourites in Bhubaneswar.
The hosts went down 0-1 to Olympic Champions Argentina in the semi-final of the tournament in rainy conditions.
A day after India’s semi-final defeat, Germany also received a 3-0 defeat in their semi-final against World Champions Australia.