India Beat Belgium 2-1 to Win Hockey Junior World Cup Crown after 15 Years

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India Beat Belgium 2-1 to Win Hockey Junior World Cup Crown after 15 Years


India, Dec. 18 -- India have become the first nation to win the hockey junior World Cup at home. At the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium on Sunday night, India beat Belgium 2-1 to win their second world title after 15 years. Catch highlights of India vs Belgium here.

19:27 IST: Skipper Harjeet says India had been waiting for this day for last two years and preparing hard for this day

#HJWC2016 @hockeybe v @TheHockeyIndia Results: https://t.co/myz5OAwGoo @TheHockeyIndia pic.twitter.com/hhTGnPrOnF

19:23 IST: India are world champions. And they deserved to win the title. India won their first title in 2001 in Hobart, Australia. In 1997, India won silver after losing to Australia in the final in Milton Keynes, England.

19:21 IST: Belgium win a PC in the dying seconds of the match. Score to make it 1-2.

19:17 IST: India are three minutes away from the world title. Belgium trying hard but lack the design to score. India keep their 2-0 lead.

19:15: India are five minutes away from their second hockey junior World Cup title.

19:10 IST: India win their fifth but Belgium goalkeeper rushes out in time to save the drag flick. India keep their 2-0 lead. Nine minutes on the clock left.

19:09 IST: 57th minute - Good defending by Belgium as they thwart Mandeep Singh on top of the Dee. But India win their fourth PC.

Top shots from the Indian Colts scintillating display to beat Belgium & win GOLD at the #HJWC2016 on 18 Dec. Album: https://t.co/GGgS0tLXVj pic.twitter.com/brgNSCPyhG

19:07 IST: Close shave for Indian goal in the 53rd minute as Belgium forward Ponchelet's attempt to deflect in a cross is cleared easily.

19:05 IST: Fifteen minutes left on the clock and if India can win this one, they will the hockey junior World Cup title after 15 years. India are in control and lead 2-0.

18: 59 IST: India waste their third penalty corner of the match in the 48th minute. Sloppy trapping and wild shots have not helped. This time it was a crazy shot from Nilakanta.

18:53 IST: 41 minutes have gone and India, who have the control, are happy to keep their 2-0 lead. Belgium finding it difficult to push the Indians.

18:49 IST: In the 38th minute, Belgium launch first attack of second half but India defend well.

18:48 IST: Teams back for second half. The huge crowd enjoying their first taste of international hockey. India have not disappointed them so far. The final session gets under way. India playing left to right.

18:35 IST: India go to half-time with a 2-0 lead. Gurjant Singh and Simranjeet Singh have scored for the hosts. If India can win this title, they will be the second team after Germany to win it more than once.

#HJWC2016 @hockeybe v @TheHockeyIndia Results: https://t.co/myz5OAwGoo @TheHockeyIndia pic.twitter.com/6HW5DUm3Ma

18:30 IST: First penalty corner to Belgium in the 30th minute. The Indian goal survives. India lead 2-0. India are the first host nation to reach a hockey junior World Cup final.

18:28 IST: In the 25th min, Belgium try again but could not get into range again. Indian defence very steady and swiftly tackle Hilippe Simar. India lead 2-0 with 7 minutes left for half-time.

#HJWC2016: Incredible India win Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup Men Lucknow 2016! Read more: https://t.co/IMmrlY5dgr #RockTheJuniors pic.twitter.com/wHK9q8klRu

18:23 IST: India score in the 22nd minute. Set up by Nilakanta Sharma, Simranjeet Singh scores a field goal to double India's lead in the hockey Junior World Cup final. What a start this has been for the Indians. The hosts are playing their third final.

18:22 IST: In the 21st minute, another attack by Belgium but India defend well again, did not allow forwards space to take a shot at the goal.

18:19 IST: 18th minute - Belgium attack but India defend well. Tirkey clears the ball to safety. …

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