India beat Belgium 2-1 to win the hockey junior World Cup

India are world champions. India have become the first nation to win the hockey junior World Cup at home. At the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium on 18 December 2017, India beat Belgium 2-1 to win their second world title after 15 years. 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. Belgium win a PC in the dying seconds of the match. Score to make it 1-2. 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.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.

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