World number three Germany avenged their European Cup bronze medal defeat by surprising England 2-0 in the opening game of the Odisha Hockey World League final at Kalnga Stadium in Bhubaneswar this evening.
Interestingly, the first match of the tournament ended without a penalty corner being awarded in a fiercely contested game that saw the sturdy Germans maintaining lead and supremacy throughout the game.
Eight of the nine top ranked teams of the world with the exception of New Zealand, are competing in Bhubaneswar.
In the last European Cup England had beaten Germany in the bronze medal match. Currently, England are ranked seventh, a step below the hosts India.
Germany enjoyed overall supremacy as the England team failed to find its feet in a game played at a superb face.