Germany thump Pakistan in Paris Olympics Qualifiers semi-final

National side have another chance to qualify for Paris Olympics 2024 by winning third position play-off

German hockey team players celebrating during Olympics qualifier match against Pakistan in Muscat, Oman, on January 20, 2024. — Instagram/dhb_hockey

Pakistan hockey team Saturday suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of Germany in the semi-finals of the Paris Olympics Qualifiers in Muscat, Oman.

After today’s 4-0 defeat against Germany, the national side still has a chance to qualify for the Paris Olympics 2024 by winning the third position play-off.

Pakistan will either go up against Great Britain or New Zealand, both of whom are scheduled to lock horns in the second semi-final later today.

Earlier in the day, the German team displayed their prowess with a series of well-executed goals, showcasing their skill and teamwork on the field. With this win, Germany have qualified for the Olympics.

The opening goal came in the 11th minute when Tom Grambusch successfully converted a penalty corner, giving Germany an early lead in the first quarter of the game. 

The momentum continued in the second quarter, with Niklas Wellen extending the lead by scoring a field goal in the 17th minute. The score at the end of the first half remained 2-0 in favour of Germany.

As the match progressed into the third quarter (Q3), Germany maintained their dominance. Niklas Wellen once again found the back of the net with a successful penalty corner in the 40th minute, further solidifying Germany’s lead. 

Justus Weigand added to the tally with a field goal in the 39th minute, bringing the score to 4-0 by the end of the third quarter. No goals were scored in the fourth quarter.

Remember, Pakistan played a 3-3 draw against Malaysia to earn a crucial point that was enough to propel the national side to the semis.

Pakistan secured their first win in the competition by defeating China 2-0.

The Men in Green had lost their first match against Great Britain on Monday by 6-1. Abdul Hanan Shahid managed to score the solitary goal for Pakistan, while Great Britain demonstrated superior strategy and execution.

It is to be noted that the national side finished second in Pool A with four points — behind Great Britain’s nine points.

 Meanwhile, China and Malaysia secured three and one points each, respectively. 

Besides Germany, New Zealand have also qualified for the semis from Group B.

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