Belgium and India will meet in the Final of the Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup Men Lucknow 2016 after winning their respective Semi-Final matches on Friday (16th December).
Nearly 7000 fans were in the stadium to watch host nation India in Semi-Final action against Australia, and they were treated to an absolutely thrilling contest. Tom Craig put Australia ahead in the first half, but Gurjant Singh pulling India level with a stunning run and backhand finish in the 48th minute before Mandeep Singh’s superb steal and shot put the hosts into a 2-1 lead. Lachlan Sharp made it 2-2 in the 57th minute, which proved to be the final goal of the game. Much to the delight of the home fans, India scored all four of their efforts in the shoot-out with Matthew Bird and Lachlan Sharp proving unsuccessful as India reached their first Junior World Cup final since winning the competition in 2001.
Goalkeeper Loic van Doren was the hero in the shoot-out as Belgium ended Germany’s hopes of winning a third successive title, following their triumphs in 2009 and 2013. Belgium’s opponents will be the host nation, who conquered Australia in front of a noisy and colourful capacity crowd at the Lucknow’s Major Dhyan Chand Hockey Stadium.
Germany and Australia will compete in the bronze medal match, which takes place ahead of the mouthwatering title match between
In the first Semi-Final, Belgium’s Red Cougars were marginally the better team in