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Junior Hockey World Cup 2016: India Beat Belgium 2-1 to Clinch Title After 15 Years

Edited By: Pratik Sagar

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Last Updated: December 18, 2016, 21:06 IST

Image credit: Hockey India.

Image credit: Hockey India.

Indian colts thumped Belgium 2-1 in the final to clinch the 2016 Junior Hockey World Cup Title in Lucknow.

New Delhi: Indian colts thumped Belgium 2-1 in the final to clinch the 2016 Junior Hockey World Cup title after a 15-year-gap in Lucknow.

It turned out to be a historic day for India as they reclaimed the title for the second time in the history of the tournament. India had last won way back in 2001, under Gagan Ajit Singh's leadership, in Australia.

The home side dominated the match from the first whistle with Belgium hardly getting a glimpse of the Indian goal in the opening stages of the first half.

As It Happened: How India lifted the coveted title

Harendra Singh's troops were duly rewarded for their attacking intent as a brilliant reverse hit from Gurjant Singh gave India the lead in the 9th minute itself.

The Belgian goalkeeper came down rushing from the goal to the edge of the box to thwart the Indian chance but Gurjant improvised and hit a brilliant strike from zero angle and the ball landed in the right hand top corner of the goal.

The Indian colts then doubled the lead in the first half itself with Simranjeet Singh getting on the scoresheet this time. Simaranjeet's shot from the edge of the box went inside the goal from underneath Van Doren's leg.

India got two penalty corners in the second half but failed to convert either of them.

Belgium pulled one back via a penalty corner in the dying minutes of the game to make it a respectable score of 2-1.