This piece was published in Sportskeeda
How many times have India lost matches courtesy last-minute goals? The defeats against Belgium and England at the 2014 World Cup are still fresh in hockey fans’ minds. And on Saturday, one witnessed the national team being once again devastated by another last-minute goal as they lost to Olympic champions Germany at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar.
India forced their first penalty corner in the second quarter, but Gurjinder Singh’s drag-flick after Raghunath sold a dummy was blocked by Nicolas Jacobi. Lalit Upadhyay was nicely fed by Nikkin in the second quarter, but his deflection was way off the mark. The German defence was caught napping when Nikkin essayed a pass to Sardar Singh, who could not control the ball in a one on one situation with goalie Nicolas Jacobi.
The Indian goalie was at his imperious best tumbling to his right, blocking Germany’s fourth short corner. Indeed Sreejesh's heroics went in vain by Germany's last-minute goal.