Published: Mon, December 19, 2016
Entertainment | By Alexander Flowers

India clinch their second Hockey Junior World Cup title

"Extremely proud of our youngsters!"

This was India's second Junior Hockey World Cup triumph after 2001.

India produced a superb performance to beat Belgium 2-1 and claim the Men's Junior Hockey World Cup title on home turf in front of 17,000 fans in Uttar Pradesh. "Best wishes to all participating teams", she said.

The other team Belgium scored a late consolation goal through Fabrice van Bockrijck's penalty corner conversion in the 70th minute.

With the title in sight, the Indians went on the offensive from the word go and put the Belgian defence under tremendous pressure with continuous raids.

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It took just eight minutes for them to make the breakthrough courtesy of a sensational backhand strike from Gurjant Singh.

India took a 2-0 lead in the first half.

A delighted India captain Harjeet Singh said on Sunday that their success in the Hockey Junior World Cup boils down to their long and arduous preparation they did for the last couple of years.

India had entered into the finals of the tournament after an interval of 15 years. India went on winning back-to-back penalty corners, but each and everytime, they failed to convert the chances. Ten minutes before the end, an unmarked Gurjant came close to scoring his second goal of the match but his march was stopped by an onrushing Belgian custodian Van Doren who did enough to avert the danger.

Nineteen-year-old attacker Timm Herzbruch starred as Germany won 3-0 over Australia in the bronze medal match.

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