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Hockey World League: Lacklustre India face uphill task against Germany

New Delhi: Spanked in their opening two games by their opponents, a lacklustre India face an uphill task to get their campaign back on track at the Hero Hockey World League Finals as they take
PTI January 12, 2014 16:17 IST
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New Delhi: Spanked in their opening two games by their opponents, a lacklustre India face an uphill task to get their campaign back on track at the Hero Hockey World League Finals as they take on Olympic champions Germany in their last pool match here tomorrow.
     
India would be hoping for a much-improved performance against the mighty Germans at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, especially after their shoddy performances against England and New Zealand.
     
But for that to happen, the Indians will have to lift their games by leaps and bounds, which is looking pretty bleak in the present circumstances.
     
India looked rusty and completely off-colour in their opening two Pool A matches against England (0-2) and New Zealand (0-3).
     
The hosts cut a sorry figure in all departments of the game in the two matches they played in the tournament so far.
     
There was no co-ordination between the Sardar Singh-led midfield and the young forwardline. If that was not enough, the defence, India's perennial problem, continued to commit silly mistakes when put under pressure.