BHUBANESHWAR (India): Pakistan lost its first match from Germany by 1-0 in the Hockey World Cup match played at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. Germany’s Miltkau Marco scored the only goal for his side.
Pakistan, four time title holders, are currently 13th ranked while the Germans, the two time winners, are placed 6th in the FIH rankings.
The two sides have met eight times in the World Cup. In 1982 they came across twice, pool game and final.
Pakistan has won five (including the penalty shootout win at 1994 semi-final). Germany has been victorious the other three times.
After winning four of the first eight World Cups, Pakistan’s fortunes have nosedived – failed to reach semifinal since 1994. On the contrary, Germany has been consistently performing.