India reclaimed the bronze medal at the Hockey World League (HWL) Final after eking out a close 2-1 win over a depleted but spirited Germany in the third-fourth place classification match here on Sunday.
"We came here wanting to play well and not knowing exactly where we were at, wanting to play the best teams in the world".
The lead was incredibly short-lived as Argentina's Agustin Bugallo found the back of the net with a perfectly angled deflection less than a minute later.
Australia and Argentina were tied 1-1 after three-quarters of the match. India will play the bronze medal against the loser of that semi-final.More news: World Human Rights Day being observed
Harmanpreet Singh (54′) then converted a penalty corner six minutes before the final hooter to seal the match in India's favour.
Even before the pushback, luck was not on Germany's side as they only had 11 fit players to choose from, meaning reserve goalkeeper Mark Appel had to play as a striker.
India lost in the semi-final of Hockey World League Final 2017. Eventually, what turned out to be the difference between the two sides in the evenly-contested encounter was penalty corner conversions. The rejuvenated Indian team were the only ones who beat the Argentines at the Rio Olympics.