Lucknow, December 13: India registers comprehensive win against South Africa by 2-1 on Monday in men's Junior Hockey World Cup and enters into quarterfinals. Like to tell you that, Indian team is in a very good touch and this is third a consecutive win in this tournament. The match was played in Major Dhyan Chand Astroturf Stadium in Lucknow.
India started the game very aggressively and scored a goal each in both half through skipper Harjeet Singh (11th minute) and Mandeep Singh (55th) to win a tight contest, whereas South Africa also scored their first goal in the 27th minute which was a last one. Interestingly, Harjeet put India 1-0 up early in the game, scoring a brilliant field goal from the right flank, but after missing few clear chances the hosts went into the half-time break with the score reading 1-1.
South Africa found their equaliser well before the break when their penalty-corner specialist Kyle Lion-Cachet converted their first PC of the game superbly, hitting it low to the right of out-stretched India goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya.
Twenty minutes into the second half, Mandeep, who was a constant threat to South Africa goal, thundered in the winner for India with a reverse flick. For his brilliant performance in the Indian attack, Mandeep was rewarded with the man-of-the-match prize. India dominated the proceedings from the word go, but they failed to increase the lead after Harjeet's goal despite their relentless penetrations into the South African circle.
Back to back win in all the three games in this tournament led Indian team to topped pool D and will now face Spain in the quarterfinals. The last-eight contests will be played on Thursday, December 15.