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India beat England 5-3 for second win in junior hockey WC

Hockey India

India defeated England 5-3 at Lucknow's Major Dhyan Chand Stadium on Saturday to register their second victory in as many matches in the 2016 Hockey Junior World Cup.

With the victory, India maintain their all-win record against England in junior World Cup action, having beaten the Englishmen in three previous clashes as well.

Having thrashed Canada 4-0 in their opening game, the hosts fell behind early after Jack Clee put the ball past India goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya in the 10th minute.

Looking to equalise, India had a shot on goal in the 22nd minute that was saved. A minute later, Mandeep Singh earned the hosts a penalty corner, which was saved along with the next shot on goal but India's sustained pressure paid off as Parvinder Singh equalised in the 24th minute.

With four minutes left in the first half, Mandeep earned another penalty corner but Harmanpreet Singh shot wide. In the last minute of the half, Armaan Qureshi received a pass that beat England 'keeper Chris Wyver and tapped the ball into the open goal for a 2-1 lead. England squandered a chance to equalise from a penalty corner seconds later, giving India the lead going into the break.

India extended their lead early in the second half after Harmanpreet dispatched a penalty corner in the 37th minute to make it 3-1.

Eight minutes later, a quick counterattack from India had Wyver outfoxed and Simranjeet had plenty of time to set himself up and shoot into an open goal. Varun Kumar scored from a penalty corner in the 60th minute to effectively seal the result.

England fought back in the last 10 minutes, however, with Will Calnan and Edward Horler scoring off penalty corners in the 63rd and 67th minutes respectively to give the score a measure of respectability.

Mandeep was named man of the match for his efforts. India's final Pool D game is against South Africa on Monday.