Defending champions Germany showed their never-say-die attitude as they made a remarkable comeback from a two-goal deficit to hold an impressive South Korea 2-2 in a thrilling hockey World Cup match on Monday in New Delhi.
The Germans, who were gunning for a hat-trict of titles after their 2002 and 2006 triumphs, were trailing 0-2 at the breather via goals from South Koreans Hye Sung Hyun (3rd minute) and Nam Yong Lee (15th) in the Pool A match under floodlights at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium here.
However, Florian Fuchs (50th) and Benjamin Wess (58th) scored a goal each in the space of eight minutes to save the blushes for the Germans, who are also the reigning Olympic champions as well as number one in FIH rankings.
The Koreans, ranked fifth in the world, would also held their heads high after the performance today. They had beaten the Germans 5-3 in their last meeting in the Champions Trophy in Melbourne last year.
In the two meetings they had in the World Cup, Germany had won the semifinal in 2002 while it was a goal-less draw in a pool match in 2006.
Germany made the first attacking move and earned a penalty corner in the second minute itself but failed to score.
Next minute, the nippy South Koreans seized the initiative as they opened scoring through a powerful drag flick by Hye Sung Hyun which left German goalkeeper Max Weinhold with no chance to react. PTI