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India top group despite defeat

Melbourne: India finished on top of their pool despite losing 2-3 to Olympic champions Germany in their last preliminary league match of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament here on Tuesday.

India squandered the lead twice to handover the match to the Germans, but still managed to top Pool A on a superior goal difference.

Both India and Germany finished with six points each, but India’s two previous victories with two-goal margins ensured them the top spot. India finished with a goal difference of plus-three (+3), while the German’s goal difference was minus-one (-1).

The top-spot finish has set up India’s quarter final date with Belgium, who finished at the bottom of Pool B with three successive losses, including Tuesday’s narrow 4-5 defeat at the hands of Olympic silver medallists Netherlands.

Germany will take on Asian Games champions Pakistan, who were beaten 0-1 by defending champions and hosts Australia in the last preliminary league fixture. (PTI)