Two-time champions Germany outclassed last edition silver medallist Netherlands 4-1 in their second Pool D match to inch closer towards booking a direct quarterfinal berth at the ongoing men's hockey World Cup here on Wednesday.
Germany came back from a goal down and scored through Mathias Muller (30th minute), Lukas Windfeder (52nd), Marco Miltkau (54th) and Christopher Ruhr (58th) to register their second consecutive win in the pool.
Netherlands, however, took the early lead through Valentin Verga in the 13th minute.
Germany had earlier defeated Pakistan 1-0 in their opening match, while Netherlands had mauled Malaysia 7-0.
But the Netherlands, who were the better team at least in the first quarter, were not to be denied the lead as Verga broke the deadlock in the 13th minute, tapping in Mirco Pruijser's reverse hit cross from close range.
The Germans got their first penalty corner seconds before the end of first quarter but were unlucky as Mathias Muller's strike from a superb variation struck the post. Another Germany attempt, this time from Niklas Wellen's reverse hit was saved by Dutch goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak.
Germany continued to press hard and at the stroke of first quarter secured back-to-back penalty corners, the second of which resulted in a beautiful goal by Muller from a superb, well-executed variation.
Two minutes later, Germany made the scoreling 3-1 in their favour when Miltkau deflected in a Niklas Wellen pass from the right flank.
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