Super-sub Bigan Soy helps Indian girls clinch first-ever Junior World Cup hockey bronze

Not having played a single minute in the entire tournament, goalkeeper Soy came on only for the penalty shootout after regulation time ended 1-1. This is India's first medal at any FIH World Cup event.

updated: August 05, 2013 08:46 IST
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Indian girls created history on Sunday by winning their first-ever Junior World Cup hockey bronze medal after beating England 3-2 on penalties in Monchengladbach, Germany. This is India's first medal ever in a World Cup competition. A fourth place finish by the senior girls in the 1974 World Cup in Mandelieu, France was India's previous best. (Also read: Hockey India announces cash prize)

(Update: The Netherlands won Gold after defeating Argentina 4-2 in a shoot-out drama)

The star of the show for India was goalkeeper Bigan Soy, who hadn't played even for a minute in the tournament prior to this game. With the result at 1-1 after 70 minutes of action, India replaced their first choice goalkeeper Ningombam with Soy. In the shootout, where only 5 out of the 14 penalties were converted, Soy saved five attempts from the English women as India escaped with a 3-2 margin on penalties. Rani kept her nerve to score twice while Navneet Kaur struck the winning goal.

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