India produced a lacklustre display to crash out of the title race of the Lal Bahadur Shastri under-21 women's hockey tournament after losing 1-2 to Germany on Friday.
Laura Saenger (35th, 38th minute) scored in each half for Germany, while Jaspreet Kaur (12th minute) was the lone goal-getter for the home team.
Germany will now play New Zealand in the title clash on Saturday after the Kiwis beat Australia 3-1 in another league match. India will now face Australia in the third-fourth classification match on Saturday.
Contrary to the result, it was the Indian team, which started on a bright note and created their first scoring chance as early as in the eighth minute, only to see Anupa Barla failing to get past the German goalkeeper. The Indians, however, managed to take the lead four minutes later when Jaspreet converted the lone penalty stroke of the match after Navjot Kaur was brought down inside the box by a German defender.
Stung by the early goal, Germany came hard on the Indians thereafter by creating regular opportunities but goals eluded them. The Germans, however, restored parity just at the stroke of the half time when Saenger scored from a short corner, last of the three they got in a span of just three minutes.
Riding on the momentum, Germany doubled their lead just three minutes into the second half with Saenger converting another penalty corner for her side.
Humiliating loss for men's team
Johor Bahru (Malaysia):
The Indian men's hockey team paid the price of unnecessarily fraying their tempers as they suffered a humiliating 1-5 drubbing at the hands of Malaysia, thus ending their hopes of a berth in the final of the Sultan of Johar Cup tournament here on Friday.
India needed to win their last league match to reach the final but with one player less from the ninth minute onwards, coupled with some poor display, meant that the home side outplayed them in all departments of the game.
Malaysia, who needed a draw from the match to qualify for the final, will take on Australia in the summit clash, while India play South Korea for the bronze medal.