New Delhi : India's defenders squandered the lead as Olympic champions Germany clawed their way back to earn a 3-3 draw on the opening day of the 36th Champions Trophy hockey tournament on Friday. V.R. Raghunath converted a penalty corner in the seventh minute to get India a 1-0 lead. In the 18th, S.V. Sunil has his goal reverted after referral. The ball had touched his foot just before he struck home.
Germany had a penalty corner in the 24th minute but P.R. Sreejesh managed to stop it. Two minutes later, Germany drew level with Tom Grambusch converting a penalty corner. But Mandeep Singh’s brilliant field goal gave India a 2-1 lead. In the 32nd minute, Harmanpreet Singh extended India’s lead with a scorcher. But four minutes later, Germany pulled one back with Grambusch converting again.
In the fourth quarter, Mandeep shot wide after a scramble in the goalmouth in the 52nd minute. Germany’s equaliser came in the final minute through Jonas Gomoll’s penalty stroke. India 3 (Raghunath 7-pc, Mandeep 26, Harmanpreet 32) drew with Germany 3 (Grambusch 26-pc & 36-pc, Gomoll 57).