Junior World Cup hockey: India beat England 5-3 to reach quarters

Updated: Dec 11, 2016, 11:18 IST | Santosh Suri

It was imperative for India to overcome England in order to top Pool 'D' and avoid facing six-time champions and holders Germany in the quarter-finals of the 11th Junior World Cup hockey championship at Dhyan Chand Stadium in Lucknow

India players celebrate a goal against England during the Junior World Cup hockey match in Lucknow on Saturday. Pic/PTI
India players celebrate a goal against England during the Junior World Cup hockey match in Lucknow on €ˆSaturday. Pic/PTI

Lucknow: It was imperative for India to overcome England in order to top Pool 'D' and avoid facing six-time champions and holders Germany in the quarter-finals of the 11th Junior World Cup hockey championship at Dhyan Chand Stadium in Lucknow. And they did exactly that by outplaying England 5-3 in their second league game on Saturday.

Earlier, India had beaten Canada 4-0 in the opener.

Against England, India conceded an early goal when Jack Clee scooped over goalkeeper Vikas Dhaiya. That setback in the 10th minute galvanised the home team.

It was Parvinder Singh who drew parity in the 24th minute and then Armaan Qureshi put India ahead a minute before half-time.

On resumption, Harmanpreet Singh found the target from penalty corner to see India increase the lead.

Simranjeet Singh and Varun Kumar scored to help India tighten the grip on the match. Though England struck two late goals through Will Calhan and Edward Horler, it was too little, too late for them to get back into the match.

With six points in the kitty, India are virtually assured a place in the knockouts and play lowly South Africa in their last league game on Monday to seal the top spot.

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