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Hockey: Pakistan pile on India misery with shootout win at Junior World Cup

India fans again rallied behind their team in New Delhi during the ninth-place playoff in the Junior World Cup in New Delhi. Photos: FIH / Stanislas Brochier.

India fans again rallied behind their team at the Hero Junior World Cup in New Delhi. Photos: FIH / Stanislas Brochier.

December 15, 2013: Pakistan piled on the latest misery for hosts India in the Hero Junior World Cup in New Delhi as they pipped their great rivals in a penalty shootout for ninth place after a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s last game.

 

In earlier matches, Argentina beat South Africa 4-1 to finish 11th, Spain edged England 3-2 for 13th and Egypt beat Canada 3-0 to take 15th place in the 16-team tournament.

 

The day’s last match was the latest chapter in one of hockey’s most famous rivalries and gave the home crowd one last chance to cheer on a team previously targeting lofty goals at the tournament.

 

With both teams eager to get into action and the flag-waving crowd was roaring in anticipation, India, again sporting their new bright yellow kit, rushed forward from the opening whistle and created a few chances in the opening few minutes, but rushed their finishing.

 

Pakistan took a seventh-minute lead against their great rivals through Rizwan Ali.

Pakistan took a seventh-minute lead against their great rivals through Rizwan Ali.

Instead, it was Pakistan who opened the scoring in the 7th minute when Muhammad Dilber received the ball behind the India defence and calmly passed it to Rizwan Ali, who was left totally unmarked in the middle of the circle for an easy push-in goal.

 

Encouraged by the crowd, India tried to come back quickly, but the Pakistan defence and goalkeeper Mazhar Abbas were coping well, while their midfielders and attackers sped forward in counter-attacks each time they had an opening and ultimately held on to their one-goal lead at the break.

 

India pressed hard for an equaliser, urged on by their fans at the Major Dhyanchand National Stadium.

India pressed hard for an equaliser, urged on by their fans at the Major Dhyanchand National Stadium.

The same pattern of play continued in the second period, with India trying to penetrate the Pakistan defence with individual runs and after earning a penalty-corner, Gurjinder Singh’s high flick was calmly deflected by Abbas.

 

Pakistan were saved once more by their keeper after a hard shot by Akashdeep Singh from the top of the circle, as the crowd grew impatient and the Indian players more nervous.

 

However, with tension building, the hosts earned another penalty-corner with five minutes left and Gurjinder Singh managed to slot his low flick out of reach of Abbas, sending the crowd ecstatic.

 

Gurjit Singh finally scored a late equaliser from a penalty corner to force a shootout.

Gurjinder Singh finally scored a late equaliser from a penalty corner to force a shootout.

The final minutes were played in a wild atmosphere, but the score remained tied and a shoot-out was required. The two keepers saved one attempt each, but Satbir Singh missed for India and Muhammad Dilber was the hero for Pakistan.

 

India’s medal hopes ended on Tuesday when they gave up a two-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Korea in the last pool match and miss out on the quarter-finals.

 

On Sunday, Korea will play New Zealand for seventh place, Australia face Belgium for fifth, Malaysia tackle the Netherlands for third before Germany take on France in the final.

 

Pakistan celebrated a 4-2 penalty shootout win after a 1-1 regulation-time draw, ending a disappointing campaign for the hosts.

Pakistan celebrated a 4-2 penalty shootout win after a 1-1 regulation-time draw, ending a disappointing campaign for the hosts.

Hero Junior World Cup 2013, New Delhi, India

 

December 15

7/8       13:15   KOR – NZL

5/6       15:30   BEL – AUS

3/4       17:45   MAS – NED

1/2       20:00   FRA – GER

 

December 14

15/16   13:15   EGY – CAN     3-0 (1-0)

13/14   15:30   ENG – ESP     2-3 (1-2)

11/12   17:45   RSA – ARG     1-4 (1-3)

9/10     20:00   PAK – IND       1-1 (1-0); 4-2 SO

 

December 13

5/8       13:15   BEL – KOR     6-1 (1-0)

SF 1    15:30   FRA – MAS      1-1 (0-1); 3-1 SO

5 8       17:45   AUS – NZL      2-1 (1-1)

SF 2    20:00   GER – NED     5-3 (2-0)

 

Source: FIH

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