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Paris Olympics, hockey: India show sparks but fuse out in key moments in defeat to world champions Germany

Craig Fulton expected a strong Germany outfit, resembling something close to their Olympic squad. He got one. But if the India coach hoped his players would raise their game and match the world champions, he didn’t get that. Fulton’s India, throughout this tour, have shown sparks of brilliance. But in the true schizophrenic nature of this Indian hockey team, they also seem to fuse out during key moments. Saturday wasn’t different. Continuing their irresistible-occasionally-frustrating-sometimes run of form, India were outplayed in the first and third quarters but in the second and fourth, they took the fight to Germany with high, aggressive pressing. Individual errors and lack of quality in the final third, however, meant they succumbed a 3-2 loss in the FIH Pro League in London. There ...

India vs Germany Highlights, FIH Pro League Hockey: Harmanpreet and Co go down 2-3 in thriller, close miss in final seconds

Sukhjeet (L), as was the case in Antwerp last weekend, was at the heart of most attacking moves. (File) Paris Olympics: How a crisis meeting helped India’s hockey forwards find scoring touch Bruised after a 5-0 series hammering in Australia, India’s forwards got into a huddle soon after they returned home. Their impotence was one of the biggest concerns to emerge from a forgettable tour. They couldn’t score, couldn’t put pressure on Australia’s defence and couldn’t win enough penalty corners to allow captain Harmanpreet Singh to showcase his might. The forwards knew they had a little more than two months to fix this problem. “So, after the tour, we had a meeting,” India forward Sukhjeet Singh said. Frank words were spoken and ideas were exchanged. When they left the room an hour or so ...