We needed such a big win to raise our confidence level: India hockey captain Sardar Singh

Mandeep Singh turned out to be the star for India, slamming a brilliant hat-trick, while Rupinderpal Singh converted two penalty corners as India came from behind to stun Olympic champions at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here.

updated: January 17, 2014 20:13 IST
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New Delhi: Elated after scripting a memorable 5-4 come-from-behind win over world's number one team Germany in the 5-8th place classification tie in Hero Hockey World League Final, India captain Sardar Singh said his team needed this "big win" to raise its confidence level.

This is, in fact, India's maiden win in the tournament and first against Germany in the last 10 years. India had last defeated the Germans in the 2004 Champions Trophy at Lahore.

"We were waiting for such a win for a long time. If we can beat big teams like Australia and Germany, it will definitely raise our confidence level," Sardar said at the post-match press conference.

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