In the absence of Appel Mark who is the goalkeeper who played as a striker due to the absence of five players, scored in the 36th minute for the 2008 and 2012 Olympics winners. Preceding to this match, Germany and India had face off on four different occasions, with both sides winning one match each and two matches which ending into a draw.
Earlier, India lost 0-1 to Argentina in the semi-finals which led India to added in this match against Germany. In Sunday's match, Germany who played with only 13 players, including the two goalkeepers. Though it proved tough for them, they remained in contention for the entire 60 minutes.
Being short on personnel didn't allow them to run and spread the field like they like to do. But with patience and tactical adjustments, they didn't allow India to make most of their numerical superiority; rotations included. Till Sunil got India the lead, Germany had already got two penalty corners although they didn't materialise into goals.
Germany got their deserving equalizer when their attacking midfielder Mats Grambusch crossed from the right to the far post where an unmarked Appel put it over a slippery Suraj Karkera to make it 1-1. Germany got another penalty corner in the 56th minute but Benedikt Furk's drag-flick was kept away as India sealed the 2-1 win