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Hockey: India beat South Korea to enter semifinals of Junior World Cup

India progressed to the semifinal of the Junior World Cup after beating South Korea. Hockey India

India progressed to the semifinal of the Junior World Cup with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over South Korea in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Mumtaz Khan and Lalrindiki scored the opening two goals for India in the first quarter while Sangita Kumari added another in the third quarter to make it four consecutive wins in the tournament.

South Korea in fact started well and had more circle penetrations in the opening 10 minutes (3-2) but India made sure they punished their opponents from their first penalty corner. It was a well worked variation with Salima Tete dragging it towards Mumtaz who made no mistake from a close range to score her sixth goal in the tournament.

It didn't take long for India to double their lead. Deepika's tomahawk was saved by goalkeeper Eunji Kim but Lalrindiki there to convert the rebound with a tap in.

India then dominated the proceedings for the rest of the match. They didn't have to raise their level as South Korea couldn't do much in terms of attacking threat. South Korea got their first penalty corner of the match in the third quarter but they failed to convert the chance.

India's third goal came in the 40th minute. A superb lobbed cross found Beauty Dung Dung in the circle. Her control was spot on but it resulted in a mishit. Thankfully, Sangita was there to take the opportunity and she ensured the ball beats the keeper.

This is the only the second time India made it to the semifinals of the Women's Junior Hockey World Cup. Their best finish was a bronze medal in the 2013 edition in Germany.

India will play either Netherlands in the semi-final on Sunday, after the Dutch side defeated South Africa by a 5-0 scoreline, taking their tally of goals scored in the tournament to 43, while conceding none.