Pro League: India beat Germany in shootout

Both teams wasted numerous scoring chances to finish tied after the end of the regulation 60 minutes. Hockey India

The Indian women's hockey team beat Germany 3-0 in a dramatic shoot-out to avenge their first leg defeat to share the honours in the two-legged tie of the FIH Pro League in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.

The home side had lost 1-2 in the shoot-out in the first match at the same Kalinga Stadium here on Saturday.

Just like on Saturday, both the teams were locked at 1-1 at the end of the regulation time, leading to the shoot-out. India were successful from all their first three attempts in the shoot-out while none of the Germans could score from their three tries with home side skipper and goal-keeper Savita doing a brilliant job to deny the visitors.

Earlier, Felicia Wiedermann gave world number 5 Germany the lead in the 29th minute through a penalty corner conversion but Nisha equalised in the 40th minute through a field goal.

World number 9 India secured two points from the match, including a bonus point while Germany collected one point.

India's next matches are against England on April 2 and 3 at the same venue.

Saturday's games had seen Navneet score the only goal for India in the shootout as Sharmila Devi, Neha Goyal, Laremsiami and Monika wasted their chances. For Germany, Pauline Heinz and Sara Strauss found the net in the shootout, which was enough for the visitors to eke out a favourable result.