New Delhi: Niklas Wellen slammed a brilliant hat-trick to guide defending champions Germany to their record sixth world title, beating unheralded France 5-2 in the summit clash of the Hero Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand Stadium, on Sunday.
It was a befitting end to the tournament as both Germany and France played splendid hockey, much to the delight of the sparse crowd present on a chilly night.
Germany rode on five goals which came from the sticks of Wellen (2nd, 44th, 46th minutes), Jonas Gomoll (60th) and Christopher Ruhr (68th) to pocket their second on-the-trot title.
For France, Gaspard Baumgarten (16th, 40th) scored both goals. The final between underdogs France and Germany was touted to be an unequal contest, but France gave Germany a run for their money, at least in the opening 35 minutes.