Junior Hockey World Cup: India beat Spain 2-1 in quarters, set semi-final clash with Australia

15 December 2016, 08:02 PM
Indian Junior Hockey team (Image Source: Twitter)
Indian Junior Hockey team (Image Source: Twitter)

India came from behind to beat Spain 2-1 in the Junior Hockey World Cup quarter-final match in Lucknow on Thursday.

Trailing 0-1 at the half-time mark, India scored twice in the second half to grab a place in the semi-final. 

March Serrahima’s gole put Spain ahead in the first half but India staged an emphatic comeback with an equaliser and a winner courtesy Simranjeet and Harmanpreet Singh. 

Simranjeet pounced on the rebound to level the scoring for India in the 57th minute and then it was Harmanpreet Singh’s clinical finish of a penalty corner in the 66th minute which gave India the lead after intense hockey in the two halves.

India will now take on Australia in Friday’s semi-final. The hosts last won the Junior Hockey World Cup in 2001.

Most of the Indian players are in sublime touch and a combination of brilliant attack with solid defence has worked wonders for the team.At present, the Indian team is top favourite to win the tournament.

(With inputs from Agencies)

First Published: Thursday, December 15, 2016 07:57 PM

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