Midfielder Amelie Wortmann scored the only goal for the host nation.

The Indian women’s hockey team battled hard but went down 1-0 to World No 3 Germany in the second match of the four-match series in Dusseldorf on Sunday. Amelie Wortmann (24’) scored the only goal of the game as the Germans held on to their slender lead to take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

Coach Sjoerd Marijne made three changes to the side that lost 5-0 on Saturday. Just like the opener, the hosts tried to make early inroads and earned a penalty corner just three minutes into the game. India’s goalkeeper Rajani, though, held firm to thwart Germany’s efforts. The Indian defence grew into the game and was solid at the back to keep the score goalless after the first quarter.

However, midfielder Amelie Wortmann put her side in the lead six minutes before the end of the second quarter. The Indian side responded quickly, earning a penalty corner just three minutes after going behind, but were unable to breach past the German backline. Germany had the chance to double their lead early into the third quarter after being awarded another penalty corner, but yet again, the resolute Indian defence kept them at bay.

India continued to frustrate the Germans, this time in the fourth quarter, as they kept out a penalty corner for the third time in the match. But Germany protected their lead to earn a hard-fought win.

The Indian hockey team will take on the hosts in their third match on Tuesday at 1630 hrs IST.

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