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Hockey World League Final: India placed in tough group with Australia, Germany

India are placed in Group B that includes current world champions Australia, reigning Olympic bronze medallist Germany in the Hockey World League

other sports Updated: Sep 07, 2017 17:14 IST
India will start their campaign in the Hockey World League final against Australia while their group also includes current Olympic bronze medalist Germany.
India will start their campaign in the Hockey World League final against Australia while their group also includes current Olympic bronze medalist Germany.(Getty Images)

Hosts India are placed in a tough Pool B along side current world champions Australia and reigning Olympic bronze medallist Germany in the men’s Hockey World League (HWL) Final to be held in Bhubaneswar from December 1 to 10.

Besides India, World League champions Australia and Germany, Pool B also features seventh placed England, who are the reigning bronze medallist in the Euro Hockey Nations Championship.

According to the schedule announced by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) today, India will open their campaign against the mighty Kookaburras on December 1 before taking on England (December 2) and Germany (December 4).

Pool A, meanwhile, consists of Olympic champions Argentina, European champions Netherlands, Olympic silver medallists Belgium and Spain. European rivals Germany and England will get the event off to a flier at the Kalinga Stadium before the India-Australia duel.

In what is being billed as ‘Super Saturday’, December 2 is set to be a thriller with some eagerly anticipated matches

scheduled.

A rerun of the 2016 Olympic gold medal match between Argentina and Belgium gets the day underway in a match that is

bound to rekindle some fond memories from that special night in Rio just over a year ago. The Pool stages will run from December 1-5 and will be followed by the quarter-finals on December 6-7.

Following that classification matches, semi-finals will take place over the next two days before the bronze medal

match and Final on December 10.

Pools:

Pool A: Argentina, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain

Pool B: Australia, India, Germany, England

Schedule:

December 1:Pool B 16:45 (IST) GER - ENG

Pool B 19:30 (IST) AUS - IND

December 2: Pool A 12:00 (IST) ARG - BEL

Pool A 14:00 (IST) NED - ESP

Pool B 17:30 (IST) GER - AUS

Pool B 19:30 (IST) IND - ENG

December 3: Pool A 17:30 (IST) BEL - ESP

Pool A 19:30 (IST) NED - ARG

December 4: Pool B 17:30 (IST) AUS - ENG

Pool B 19:30 (IST) IND - GER

December 5: Pool A 17:30 (IST) ARG - ESP

Pool A 19:30 (IST) BEL - NED

December 6: QF 17:15 (IST)

QF 19:30 (IST)

December 7: QF 17:15 (IST)

QF 19:30 (IST)

December 8: Losing Q/Finalists Match: 17:15 (IST)

Semi Final 19:30 (IST)

December 9: Losing Q/Finalists Match: 17:15 (IST)

Semi Final 19:30 (IST)

December 10: Bronze Medal Match 17:15 (IST)

Final 19:30 (IST).