In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis

Sports | | December 6, 2012, 5:27 pm
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India's only loss in the road to the semi-finals came against a young German side that beat the Men in Blue with a close 3-2 scoreline. Tobias Matania scored two goals for the Germans.

India's only loss in the road to the semi-finals came against a young German side that beat the Men in Blue with a close 3-2 scoreline. Tobias Matania scored two goals for the Germans.

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Tobias Matania can be seen here scoring his second goal to bring Germany back from 1-2 down to win the match 3-2 and hand India their first defeat of the tournament.

Tobias Matania can be seen here scoring his second goal to bring Germany back from 1-2 down to win the match 3-2 and hand India their first defeat of the tournament.

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Nithin Thimmaih, one of the new faces in the team, became the toast of the nation as he scored the only goal of the quarter-final against Belgium that put India into the semi-finals, giving them their first shot at a Champions Trophy medal since 1982.

Nithin Thimmaih, one of the new faces in the team, became the toast of the nation as he scored the only goal of the quarter-final against Belgium that put India into the semi-finals, giving them their first shot at a Champions Trophy medal since 1982.

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Gurvinder Singh Chandi has been in top form with his finishing skills and was on the scoresheet in the match against England to give India a winning start.

Gurvinder Singh Chandi has been in top form with his finishing skills and was on the scoresheet in the match against England to give India a winning start.

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Danish Mujtaba, one of the few to survive from the London Olympics squad, has realised his responsibility, which reflected in his tap into the New Zealand goal that helped India win 4-2. Two in two preliminary wins perched India on top of the Pool A.

Danish Mujtaba, one of the few to survive from the London Olympics squad, has realised his responsibility, which reflected in his tap into the New Zealand goal that helped India win 4-2. Two in two preliminary wins perched India on top of the Pool A.

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Defender and team's vice captain VR Raghunath has raised his game a fair notches to strengthen India's wall at the back. He also contributed with a goal off a penalty corner in the game against the Black Sticks.

Defender and team's vice captain VR Raghunath has raised his game a fair notches to strengthen India's wall at the back. He also contributed with a goal off a penalty corner in the game against the Black Sticks.

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Rupinder Pal Singh, VR Raghunath and goalkeeper PT Rao celebrate after the final hooter that sealed India's spot into the semis after the win over Belgium in the quarters.

Rupinder Pal Singh, VR Raghunath and goalkeeper PT Rao celebrate after the final hooter that sealed India's spot into the semis after the win over Belgium in the quarters.

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India have enjoyed vociferous support in Melbourne, lifting the spirits of a young Indian team that is without the likes of Sandeep Singh, Tushar Khandker, Shivendra Singh and Bharat Chetri.

India have enjoyed vociferous support in Melbourne, lifting the spirits of a young Indian team that is without the likes of Sandeep Singh, Tushar Khandker, Shivendra Singh and Bharat Chetri.

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India's endeavour to put the Olympics fiasco behind began with a win against World No. 4 England, after which they went on to beat New Zealand before losing to the World No. 1 Germany but going on to beat Belgium in the quarter-finals.

India's endeavour to put the Olympics fiasco behind began with a win against World No. 4 England, after which they went on to beat New Zealand before losing to the World No. 1 Germany but going on to beat Belgium in the quarter-finals.

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Captain Sardar Singh has been instrumental in the team's change in fortunes and played a pivotal role in the opening 3-1 win over England.

Captain Sardar Singh has been instrumental in the team's change in fortunes and played a pivotal role in the opening 3-1 win over England.