Lucknow, December 19: The Indian U19 team on Sunday defeated Belgium and bagged the title of Hockey Junior World Cup Men Lucknow 2016. Like to tell you that, India now became the first host nation to win the tournament. India defeated Belgium by 2-1 and became the world champion after 15 years.
As Indian junior team wins the world cup, Minister of youth affairs and sports Vijay Goel tweeted and congratulated team India for this massive victory. Prime Minister Modi and other several cabinet ministers tweeted and congratulated team India. Whereas other sportsmen like Mohammad Kaif, Gautam Gambhir, Bhishan Singh Bedi, boxer Vijender Singh and many others congratulated team India for this comprehensive win.
The Indian team showed intent right from the start, with Captain Harjeet Singh penetrating Belgium’s circle inside the first two minutes. A miraculous effort from Gurjant Singh in the 8th minute saw India go 1-0 up as he got hold of an aerial pass and scored off a powerful reverse hit.
Whereas Belgium, playing in their maiden Junior World Cup Final, were kept busy in their backline by the boys in blue. In the 22nd minute, Simranjeet Singh made full use of a clever pass from Nilakanta Sharma and netted one past goalkeeper Loic Van Doren. At halftime, India were in complete control with a 2-0 lead.
The second half saw India taking over most of the possession, denying the visitors any opportunity to score. Goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya was rock solid in his role as the shot-stopper, as India drew in on a victory. A late Penalty Corner from Belgium saw the game stretch past regulation time, and although Fabrice Van Bockrijck converted it successfully, but it was India who lifted the coveted Junior World Cup to script history.
On the historic occasion of India winning the Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup Men Lucknow 2016, Hockey India announced a cash prize of INR 5 Lakhs per player and INR 2.5 Lakhs for the support staff. After winning the world cup, Skipper Harjeet said that India had been waiting for this day for last two years and preparing hard for this day.
On the other side, in the Bronze medal match, Timm Herzbruch inspired Germany to a 3-0 victory over Australia, with the 19-year-old scoring twice for his side. The early stages of the match were closely contested, with the Burras having some good scoring opportunities in the first half but found themselves going into break a goal down thanks to Jan Schiffer’s 11th minute field goal. It was a lead that Germany doubled in the second period when the outstanding Herzbruch fired home from open play in the 51st minute. Herzbruch also netted Germany’s third goal, launching an unstoppable penalty corner drag-flick into the top right corner ten minutes from time to secure the bronze medal.