We were mentally prepared for the shoot-out, says Rani after India win historic Junior World Cup bronze

Happy to save my team, says substitute goalkeeper Bigan Soy, who turned India's 'wall' in decisive penalty shootout

updated: August 04, 2013 21:15 IST
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In a nerve-wracking encounter in the bronze medal-match of the hockey junior women's World Cup in Monchengladbach in Germany on Sunday, Indian girls beat England to script history.

It could not have been a tighter finish. The match was tied 1-1 in full time and in the penalty strokes that ensued, it was a comedy of errors. England's Anna Toman missed her opening stroke and India's Rani gave an early lead. The next six strokes were promptly missed by players from either side.

Australian coach Neil Hagwood later revealed that Indian goalkeeper Bigan Soy, the star of the day for the ladies in blue, did not play at all during the whole tournament but turned out to be a shootout specialist.

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