Bhubaneswar, Dec 10:
Germany beat Malaysia 5-3 to maintain their all-win record and seal a direct quarterfinal spot, while Pakistan suffered a 1-5 defeat against the Netherlands but still sneaked into the knock-out stages at the men’s hockey World Cup here on Sunday.
Germany finished on top of Pool D with nine points from three games, ahead of second placed the Netherlands (6 points) and third-placed Pakistan (1 point).
While the Germans were through to the quarterfinals, the Netherlands and Pakistan managed to qualify for the cross-overs round.
As per the format of the tournament, the top team from each of the four pools will directly qualify for the quarterfinals while the second and third placed sides will play cross-over matches against teams of other pools for the remaining four last eight berths.
Even though Malaysia (1 point) finished on same points as Pakistan, the Asian Games silver medallist crashed out of the tournament because of their inferior goal difference.
The Germans joined two-time champions Australia, Olympic champions Argentina and hosts India in the quarterfinals. The other four places of the last eight round will be decided from the cross-over matches.
England play New Zealand while France will be up against China in the cross-over matches on Monday, while Belgium face Pakistan and the Netherlands will take on Canada in the other cross-over games on Tuesday.
In the match between the Netherlands and Pakistan, the Dutch were by far the better side as they made repeated forays into their rival citadel.
The Netherlands scored through Thierry Brinkman (7th minute), Valentin Verga (27th), Bob de Voogd (37th), Jorrit Croon (47th) and Mink van der Weerden (59th) en route to their comfortable win.
Pakistan’s lone goal came from the stick of Umar Bhutta in the ninth minute.
Earlier in the day, Tim Herzbruch (2nd, 59th minute) and Christopher Ruhr (14th, 18th minutes) scored two goals each while Marco Miltkau (39th) scored the other one for the world number 6 Germans.
Malaysia’s all three goals came from penalty corner conversions by Razie Rahim (26th, 42nd) and Nabil Noor (28th).
Both Germany and Malaysia had their chances but it was the Germans who were more precise with their finishing skills.