Junior Hockey World Cup: India win title after 15 years with 2-1 win over Belgium

by

Pankaj Kumar

- December 20, 2016


Gurjant Singh and Simranjeet Singh contributed with two all around worked goals to deliver India a comfortable 2-1 victory over Belgium in the Hockey Junior World Cup final on Sunday. The young Indian team thus ended a 15-year wait to win the Junior Hockey World Cup, and the Dhyan Chand stadium in Lucknow emitted with happiness.

How the match unfolded

Belgium, having stunned six-time champions and defending champions Germany 4-3 in a shoot-out in the semi-finals, were overawed in the initial passages of their first Junior World Cup final. The start to this summit conflict was electric and uneven as India oversaw two shots and seven hover entrances inside ten minutes. India were the faster side, and that was, ultimately, the difference.

India had beaten Belgium during the Four Nations Invitational in Spain earlier this year, and having the support of packed and wholly partisan stadium reverberating with a collective roar was added incentive to repeat the decimation. The home group required under three minutes for to discover a punishment corner, yet Harmanpreet Singh lost control when he gathered from Parvinder Singh. A moment came barely two minutes after the fact, yet this time Santa Singh’s go to midfielder Sumit Kumar on the edge of the circle was mishandled.

India also became the first ever host nation to lift the trophy. A performance this impressive understandably received applause’s from all around, and several approached on Twitter to salute the group on their inconceivable accomplishment. Here is a collection of tweets on India’s historic win.


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