Sports in India is looking to achieve new heights with every passing day and Indian players and athletes are making India proud. In the latest development, a good news has come from the field of Hockey. In the fourth Under 18 Asia Cup hockey Final, Indian team beat hosts Bangladesh 5-4 to lift the trophy in Dhaka on Friday.
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) September 30, 2016
India team achieved another victory just a day after beating Pakistan in the Semis to enter the final of the fourth men’s Under-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament. Indian team defeated the Pakistan with the score of 3-1.
On this achievement, Indian Sports and Youth affairs minister Vijay Goel, and Home Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated the team. They tweeted saying that:
— Vijay Goel (@VijayGoelBJP) September 30, 2016
Congratulations to Indian U-18 Hockey team on winning the Asia Cup finals in Dhaka. Happy to see the future of Indian hockey in safe hands.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 30, 2016
Summary of the final match
In an eventful and tensely contested match, India’s young hockey players somehow managed to hold their wits and crucially not crumble in the dying moments of the final, thus ending the tournament on a high and exacting revenge for a 4-5 loss to the same team in the tournament opener last Saturday.
From a 1-1 deadlock at half-time, the second chapter of the summit clash played out in frenetic passages. India took the lead quickly to go up 3-2, but 13 minutes later Bangladesh drew the equaliser. Their celebrations were short-lived as India slotted in their fourth goal just seconds later, but then it became 4-4 as Bangladesh refused to back down.
The fifth goal with 20 seconds left on the clock made India champions of the tournament in a stunning manner.
Lifting the U-18 Asia Cup is one step in the right direction for chief coach Harendra Singh’s team, ahead of the Junior World Cup in India this December.