Indian girls make history, enter semis of junior hockey World Cup for the first time

India recover twice to score morale-boosting 4-2 victory over Spain. The teams were locked 2-2 at half-time

updated: August 01, 2013 17:41 IST
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For the first time ever, Indian girls have entered the semifinals of the junior women's World Cup hockey championship. In a quarterfinal match played in Monchengladbach, Germany, India defeated Spain 4-2 after the teams were locked 2-2 at the breather.

India's Australian coach Neil Hawgood said: "The success has come from all the big losses we suffered in the World League Round 3. The experience has helped in the junior World Cup. The girls were a bit nervous at the beginning but they showed character and continued to work for 70 minutes."

India recovered twice after Spain took a seventh lead when Xantal Gine converted a penalty corner. India equalized in the 10th minute through a field goal scored by Monika. Spain made it 2-1 in the 30th minute with a field goal scored by skipper Berta Bonastre. But Spanish joy was short-lived when Navneet Kaur made it 2-2 with just seconds left for half-time. Navneet scored with a lovely reverse flick.

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