Christopher Rühr scored with four seconds to go to earn Germany a second successive win in the men’s Olympic Games, beating India 2-1.
Niklas Wellen’s third goal of the tournament gave them the advantage but a Rupinder Pal Singh penalty corner goal had the game evenly balanced until Rot Weiss Köln’s Rühr won it at the end.
Speaking afterwards, coach Valentin Altenburg said: “We have made it harder than it would have been necessary [to get the win].Through many turnovers and too little passing game, we did not have security.
“In the first half I almost had the feeling that the Indians were dictating the game. The second half was better and the goal came with perfect timing.”
It was one of two men’s matches on day three of the Olympics. Two goals from Mannheimer-bound Gonzalo Peillat along with one from Matias Paredes saw Argentina sweep aside Pan-Am rivals Cananda.
On Tuesday, Germany face Ireland in their next group game while Argentina meet India. The Netherlands face Canada.
Pool A returns with a full schedule, too. High-flying Spain, with two wins from two, take on New Zealand. Great Britain will look to earn their first win against struggling Brazil while Belgium meet Australia in the game of the day.