Jr hockey WC: Comeback win takes India to final


LUCKNOW --- India came from a goal down to beat Australia 4-2 via a shoot-out and enter the final of the junior hockey World Cup after 15 years here on Friday. The hosts, who last won the junior World Cup in 2001 in Hobart, will face Belgium in the summit clash on Sunday.

India scored two field goals in the second half through Gurjant Singh (42nd minute) and Mandeep Singh (48th) after Australia took the lead through Tom Craig (14th).

But they conceded a soft goal and Lachlan Sharp (57th) drew level for Australia to take the match into a shoot-out after both the teams were locked at 2-2 at the end of regulation time.

In the shoot-out, goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya made two saves to deny Australia's Matthew Bird and Sharp. For India, captain Harjeet Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Sumit and Manpreet (Jr) found the back of the net past the Australian goalkeeper.

Earlier in the day, Belgium stunned six-time champions and title holders Germany 4-3 in a shoot-out in the first semi-final to enter the tournament final for the first time.