Germany vs Pakistan Live Stream
Pakistan are ranked 13th in the world hockey rankings with 818 points, whereas Germany are sixth in the standings with 1,456 points.The European side have a clear advantage over Pakistan in recent head-to-head clashes as Germany have won three matches, while Pakistan have emerged victorious in just one match.However, head coach Tauqeer Zia is optimistic about Pakistan’s victory in the mega event. “Pakistan are the surprise package of the event. We may be 13th in the world but we are capable of defeating every team,” he said.“The team needs good luck for the tournament. We have fared poorly recently due to bad luck. We will play attacking hockey,” added Zia.Manager Hasan Sardar and captain Rizwan Sr. also said that they expect the side to perform well, with the skipper adding that his side is well prepared for the tournament.Four-time world champions Pakistan will open their Hockey World Cup campaign against Germany today (Saturday) in Bhubaneswar, India.Ranked 13th, Pakistan will be hoping to kick-start the tournament with a win after a chaotic build-up to the World Cup.Pakistan have failed to reach the semi-final of the mega-event since 1994. The Germans will start as favourites against Pakistan who are ranked seven places below.Both sides have met eight times in the World Cup with Pakistan winning five of their encounters (including the penalty shootout win at 1994 semi-final) and Germany coming out on top in the other three. In 1982 they came across twice, in a pool game and the final.In 1973 Germany beat Pakistan 1-0 in the third-place playoff game, while Pakistan beat Germany 5-1 in the semi-final of the 1975 event. In the semi-final of the 1978 World Cup Pakistan defeated Germany 1-0.
Germany vs Pakistan Live Stream
The drama continues at the 2018 Hockey World Cup as Germany and Pakistan get set to lock horns in what will be the 8th match of the coveted tournament and 2nd match of Pool D. The German team were once considered the heavyweights in World Hockey but have witnessed a slight slump in form in the recent past.They were the Olympic gold medallists in 2008 and 2012 and went on to bag bronze in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Their last performance at the World Cup was not at all satisfactory compared to their gold standards as they finished at the 6th position.Stefan Kermas and his troops have not managed to achieve much success in 2018 and will be looking to break the jinx with a podium finish at the Bhubaneshwar Hockey World Cup. In no way will the sixth-ranked Germans take 13-ranked Pakistan lightly as the latter also have an enviable squad. The main focus for the German team will be to get momentum early on in the tournament as the format of the 16-team 2018 Hockey World Cup is such that each game is of paramount importance.30-year-old captain Martin Haner and 31-year-old Tobias Hauke — who were both part of the gold medal-winning team of the 2012 London Olympics — will look to make their experience count and bring glory to their nation. Christopher Ruhr, Mats Grambush, and Florian Fuchs will be the three players who will provide the critical strength and stability up front.
On the other hand, Pakistan is being led by the 28-year-old Muhammad Rizwan Sr. — and the Green Machines will leave no stone unturned to make a mark at the Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneshwar. A tough challenge awaits them in their inaugural match of the event as they go up against the mighty Germans. It has been a frustrating year for Tauqeer Dar and his troops as they have failed to win anything significant.