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Hockey Junior World Cup: India beats Spain 2-1 to enter semifinal

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Sanjay BhatnagarBy Sanjay Bhatnagar

Published on 15 Dec 2016 2:38 PM GMT

Hockey Junior World Cup: India beats Spain 2-1 to enter semifinal
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Lucknow: Home-team India forayed into the semifinal of the Hockey Junior World Cup by defeating Spain 2-1 in the last-eight stage of the tournament here at Major Dhyan Chand Stadium on Thursday.

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Being the home team, India has been the hot favourite and had also topped their pool which comprised South Africa, England and Canada.

Spanish team, which has been considered as the underdog in the tournament, scored the first goal of the match as Pol Parrilla shot the ball which was deflected into the goal post by Marc Serrahima.

Spain managed to maintain the lead till the half-time of the match.

The lead was equalised by India when Simranjeet took the penalty corner and scored on the rebound.

In just a few more minutes, Simranjeet again took the penalty corner, which was stopped by Harjeet and shot past the Spanish goalkeeper Albert Perez by Harmanpreet to take the score to 2-1.

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Score remained same until the end of the play which ensured India's entry into the semifinal stage of the Hockey Junior World Cup.

Significantly, India had defeated Spain twice in a four-nation tournament in Valencia before the beginning of the World Cup. Earlier, India had defeated England (5-3) and South Africa (2-1) in the pool stage matches.

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Sanjay Bhatnagar

Writer is a bi-lingual journalist with experience of about three decades in print media before switching over to digital media. He is a political commentator and covered many political events in India and abroad.

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