JUNIOR WORLD CUP 2005 HIGHLIGHTS

Jr Wc: Top 5 Scorers
10 July 2005

1. Colin Hennessey - Australia - FG9 - PC3 - PS3 - 15

2. Jang Jong Hyun - South Korea - FG3 - PC11 - 14

3. Mohd Rejab Zulkifli - Malaysia - PC12 - 12

4. Sandeep Singh - India - PC10 - 10

5. David Alegre - Spain - FG4 - PC1 - PS1 - 6



Jr World Cup Awards
10 July 2005


Top Scorer - Colin Hennessey - Australia - 15 goals

Most Promising Player - Kevinder Singh - Malaysia

Best Player - Lucas Vila - Argentina

Fair Play - Mexico


 

Argentina Are World Champions
10 July 2005
By Sundeep Misra

Pedro Ibarra struck a last minute penalty corner to crown Argentina Junior World Champions beating Australia 2-1 in the final here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club on Sunday.

Pedro had also scored the match-winner, a golden goal, in the 2-1 semifinal win over Spain.

Argentina, runners-up at the 2001 Junior World Cup, clinch the World Cup for the first time ever.

Argentina also remain the only unbeaten team in the tournament. Except a 1-1 draw against Pakistan, Argentina had won all their remaining matches.

Australia had taken the lead in the 34th minute after Colin Hennessey converted a penalty stroke. For Colin, it was his 15th goal of the tournament.

Argentina equalized in the second half when Lucas Vila converted a penalty stroke in the 40th minute.

In the second half, with the scores tied at 1-1, Argentina slowed the pace and gained advantage in the midfield and came close on numerous occasions in the last 15 minutes.

Lucas Vila, Pedro Ibarra, Lucas Rossi ran rings around the Aussie defence that surprisingly looked flat-footed. Australian errors rose as Argentina dominated.

With just a minute left in the match, Argentina earned a penalty corner when Lucas Vila was stick-checked in the Aussie striking circle.

Argentina took their time and so did the Aussies with the hooter being sounded as regulation time got over. The push was perfect as Pedro delayed his shot, striking just when the Australian goalkeeper had committed himself to the left. Pedro’s superbly struck shot entered the right hand corner of the Australian goal as the Aussie players slumped in disappointment on the turf. 


 

India Feel Robbed
10 July 2005
By Sundeep Misra

One didn’t have to hear it from the Indian team but the fact was that India did feel that they were robbed of a bronze medal in the play-off for 3rd/4th with Spain. After being level at the end of regulation time, Spain beat India 5-4 on penalty strokes. Indian midfielder Vivek Gupta missing the first stroke as everyone else converted.

But the turning point came in the 63rd minute when Sandeep Singh’s free hit zipped into the Spanish striking circle. Raja, positioned perfectly in the middle, saw the ball hit a Spanish stick, rise and in the same fluid motion smacked it into goal. The Indians celebrated with Raja going down to the bench to be hugged by Indian coach Haerendra Singh. But the Spanish players surrounded umpire Nathan Stagno demanding that the ball rose in the circle.

Stagno who had blown for goal then checked with the Dutch umpire Erik Klein, came back and disallowed the goal.
First and foremost, if the ball rose of a Spanish defender’s stick, then Stagno should have given India a penalty corner which he didn’t. And then how come the Dutch umpire saw the action inside the striking circle when he was at least 50 yards away. The most important aspect of that incident was that Stagno blew for goal and then only after the Spanish players protested that he checked with the Dutch umpire. Since when have players protesting become the basis of changing decisions?

Indian coach Harendra Singh saw something that most of us missed. “I saw the Dutch umpire write the scorers name in his card and then move back into his position,” he said. “If anyone has the guts, they can still go and check that card in his pocket.”

Much before the controversy broke out, Hari Prasad had given India the lead in the 8th minute. At the break, India were 1-0 ahead. Spain equalized in the 38th minute when they were awarded a penalty corner with Jorge Rodriguez scoring.

Indian coach Harendra Singh said,” I am sorry that I couldn’t keep my word of bringing back a medal from the World Cup,” but at the same time said, “It’s time that the International Hockey Federation (FIH) introduce a third umpire.
“Teams slog it out for four years and then because of some umpire players have to suffer a defeat.”

Harendra, however, didn’t say anything to the umpires except “congratulate them and say thank you.”

Asked to pick some of the players who played well through the tournament, Harendra said, “Nitin Kumar, S Vinay, V Raja and Tushar Khandekar played exceptionally well and I hope they keep playing to their potential in the future.” 


 

Spain 'Stroke' Out India
10 July 2005
By Sundeep Misra

Spain needed penalty strokes to beat India 6-5 to clinch the bronze medal after both the teams had played out a 1-1 draw in regulation time here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club on Wednesday.

After Vivek Singh missed the first stroke for India, both the teams went equal with Spain’s last flick being converted by Pepe Borrell.

India should have won the bronze medal in regulation time when V Raja connected a Sandeep Singh free hit from outside the striking circle into goal. Nathan Stagno of Gibraltar blew for goal but after the Spanish players protested, he went and checked with the Dutch umpire Jan-Willem Gramkow in the other half and then blew for no-goal.

An angry Indian coach Harendra Singh said, “It’s high time the International Hockey Federation introduced the third umpire as teams are being deprived of a clean win. I saw clearly that the Dutch umpire wrote the scorers name on his card and ran back to his position. So where was the controversy when both the umpires had agreed?”

Harendra Singh however praised his boys saying that they gave hundred percent in the field. “I am sorry to my country that I couldn’t deliver what I promised, a medal but I can say that we did try our best.”

The Indian coach singled out midfielder Nitin Kumar, S Vinay and forward V Raja for special mention.

India started the match with a flourish winning a penalty corner in the 8th minute. Sandeep’s flick went off the Spanish goalkeeper’s pads as Hari Prasad lurking near by tapped in to give India the lead.

India lost momentum in the middle of the first half when the Spanish midfield created openings and won five penalty corners but couldn’t convert any.

At the break, India led 1-0.

Three minutes after the break, Spain equalized. Jorge Rodriguez struck a clean penalty corner, Spain’s seventh, to bring back his country into the match.

In the 62nd minute, India would have taken the lead when a Vinay cross beat Spanish outstretched sticks but an overlapping Senthil’s wild swipe missed the ball.

It would have been all over a minute later with India winning the bronze but Raja’s goal was disallowed.
After the tie-breaker with the scores were still tied at 1-1, penalty strokes were resorted to break the deadlock.

It was a disastrous start for India with Vivek Singh’s weak flick being stopped by the Spanish goalkeeper Ruiz Guillermo.

Spain converted all their strokes as Miguel Delas, Jorge Rodriguez, David Alegre, Andreu Enrich and Pepe Borrell converting.

For India, Vivek’s miss was the crucial mistake as the others, Dhananjay Mahadik, Sandeep Singh, Tushar Khandekar and Ajmer Singh, all converted.

Earlier in the day, Holland beat Germany 8-7 on strokes to win the fifth spot. Both the teams were 3-3 at the end of regulation time. Pakistan thrashed South Korea 6-1 to take the seventh spot. 


 

England Pips Malaysia
9 July 2005
By Sundeep Misra

Ashley Jackson’s golden goal in the 75th minute helped England beat Malaysia 3-2 to finish 9th in the 2005 Junior World Cup. Malaysia who came hoping to finish in the top eight ended up in the tenth position.

The scorers for England were Andrew Watts (40th), Adam Dixon (57th) and Ashley Jackson (75th).

Malaysia scored through T. Ahmad Tajuddin (23rd) and Kevinder Singh (62nd).

Malaysia took the lead in the 23rd minute when Tajuddin scored from deep inside the striking circle. They held onto the lead till the break but five minutes into the second half, England equalized with a field attempt by Andrew Watts. England took the lead in the 57th minute when Andrew Dixon converted a penalty corner.

With eight minutes left in the game, Malaysia equalized with Kevinder Singh converting a rebound that came off the English goalkeeper’s pads.

In the first half of extra-time, a cross from the midfield cut the Malaysian defence who were not quick on the fall-back as Ashley Jackson trapped the cross neatly to put it past the Malaysian goalkeeper for the Golden Goal.

Earlier in the day, Chile beat Mexico 3-1 to pip them to the wooden spoon. South Africa, who came with a lot of promise beat Poland 5-3 to end up 13th with Poland on 14th.

Belgium beat Egypt 3-0 to finish 11th pushing Egypt to 12th position.

Positions: England (9th), Malaysia (10th), Belgium (11th), Egypt (12th), South Africa (13th), Poland (14th), Chile (15th), Mexico (16th) 


 

India Blow Lead, Give Match To Australia
8 July 2005
By Sundeep Misra

India blew a 2-0 lead to allow Australia to dominate the second half and run away with a 3-2 victory to enter the 2005 Junior World Cup final here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club On Friday.

Colin Hennessey was the wrecker-in-chief as he scored off a penalty corner and a penalty stroke as Australia sped ahead 3-2. Earlier, Desmond Abbott had cut the scores after scoring with an indirect penalty corner in the 41st minute.

Australia now meet Argentina in the final on Sunday while India play for bronze medal against Spain.

The turning points came in the match in the 40th minute when Malaysian umpire Amarjeet Singh gave a long corner to Australia but an Indian player questioned the decision upon which Amarjeet changed the decision to a penalty corner that paved the way for Australia to cut the scores through a Desmond Abbot goal.

After that Australia fired up the midfield and played attacking hockey keeping India on the defensive.

But it was an inform India that played the first half using the spread of the field and stretching both the flanks, India held sway as the Australian defence backpedaled in furious haste trying to keep away the Indian forwards.

After India had shot their first penalty corner onto the Aussie goalkeeper, they created a defence splitting move in the 10th minute when Tushar Khandekar and Nitin Kumar wove in and gave the ball to Adam Sinclair whose shot hit the post.

Less than a minute later, India had a close call but Adrian D’Souza charged out to take the hot on the pads. It was counter-attacking hockey at its best.

Australia came close to wresting the lead when Aussie skipper dodged past a couple of defenders and let loose a scorching shot that shook the upright and bounced back into play.

But it was three minutes later that India made the move of the match so far. Vinay on the right flank raced in and gave it to Hari Prasad who entered the striking circle and gave the ball to an overlapping Tushar Khandekar whose tap entered the Aussie goal to give India the lead.

Powered up, India broke up a couple of Aussie moves in the midfield and had some sharp chances. Australia had a try with their first penalty corner but the shot was saved by Adrian.

India stretched the lead to 2-0 in the 30th minute. Sandeep Singh’s flick flew fast and on target off India’s second penalty corner to have the Australians reeling.

Australia had a late penalty corner in the 32nd minute but trying for an indirect conversion they failed to stop the ball.
India played out time and at the break both the teams walked off with the Indians leading 2-0.

After Desmond had cut the scores to 1-2, Australia earned two penalty corners consecutively which then led to a stroke as the ball caught Vivek Gupta on the foot. Colin flicked it in to tie the scores at 2-2.

But India wasted their third penalty corner in the 51st minute when a Sandeep Singh flick went off the keepers pads.

Australia earned their fifth penalty corner in the 53rd minute and Colin powered in the flick as Australia went ahead 3-2.

In the 58th minute, Australia again had three consecutive penalty corners but the Indian defence somehow saved them.

With time ticking away, India did try to make some moves but the Aussies held fast at the back to play out time. 


 

Argentina Stun Spain, Enter Final
8 July 2005
By Sundeep Misra

Pedro Ibarra stunned Spain with a 75th minute Golden Goal as Argentina powered their way into the 2005 Junior World Cup final here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club on Friday.

Argentina thus enter their second consecutive Junior World Cup final, the previous being at Hobart in 2002.

With the scores at 1-1, extra time was brought into play and Argentina showed that they were the better team in terms of fitness as the Spanish looked jaded.

A cross into the Spanish circle saw Lucas Rossi failing to trap as the defence seemed flat-footed. Ibarra coming into position on the right of the striking circle didn’t waste time shooting straight past the Spanish goalkeeper Andreu Mollet to spark of celebrations among the small but vociferous Argentine supporters.

The match didn’t rise to expectations as one would have hoped from a semi-final match-up. Spain was tactically pegged back as the Argentines took their time in the midfield to build the moves. It effectively slowed the game and that didn’t suit the Spanish midfield and forwards who are used to playing at a fast pace.

But it was Spain who took the lead in the 24th minute off a penalty corner. Spanish captain David Alegre had the ball and he took his time to dribble past one defender before placing the ball to the right of goalkeeper Juan Espinosa.
Agentina didn’t panic but kept pegging away at the Spanish defence.

At the break, Spain led 1-0.

Argentina found the equalizer in the 55th minute when their captain Lucas Rossi streaked into the Spanish striking circle, created space for a shot and found the net.

With fifteen minutes remaining both the teams played cautious hockey, defending and going ahead if gaps were found.

At the end of regulation time, the scores were tied 1-1.

In extra-time, it was up to Ibarra to convert and take Argentina into their second consecutive Junior World Cup final. 


 

Semi-Finals: India Meet Australia; Agentina Play Spain
6 July 2005

Hosts Holland dashed Korean dreams of making it to their first semifinals at a Junior World Cup beating them 4-1 here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club on Wednesday.

Holland’s win enables Spain to qualify for the semifinals from Pool E as the second team, the topper in the Pool being India who qualified early in the day beating England 1-0.

India now meet Australia in the semifinals on Friday while Argentina, the Pool F toppers meet Spain in the first semi-final.

In another match for classification matches, Germany beat Belgium 4-2.

Sandeep Singh’s first half penalty corner goal sent reigning World Champions India into the semifinals beating a fighting England side 1-0 at the 2005 Junior World Cup here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club on Wednesday.

With Spain also beating Egypt 2-1, points and numbers came into play with India going past Spain as they had scored more goals. India and Spain were equal on points (12), matches won (4) and also on goal difference (plus 5) but with India scoring more goals 12 to Spain’s ten, the reigning world champions entered the semifinals from Pool E.

Indian coach Harendra Singh, a trifle emotional, said,”India were lucky to enter the semis. I think we played a bad match. If we have to do well in the semifinals, the team would have raise their levels.”

Harendra blamed the forwards for not creating space. “I think Nitin and Vinay had a good match and they were the only ones who created space for the frontline. The rest would seriously need to look at the video again to understand where they are going wrong.”

But the Indian coach was happy and thanked the nation saying “India’s prayers worked and we are in the semifinals.”

Though India made the initial breaks into the English striking circle, England tightened their own game in the mid-field and came close to scoring twice in the first fifteen minutes of the first half. William Xalxo had to run back and clear off the goalline when Adrian D’Souza had been beaten on top of the circle.

India took the lead in the 26th minute off their second penalty corner. Sandeep Singh’s low flick beat England goalkeeper Andrew Halpin to India to lead 1-0.

Though the midfield tried to create the openings the frontline lacked rythmn. Tushar Khandekar, Birender Lakra and Hari Prasad were getting bunched up on the right flank leaving the left completely unmanned. With the attacks happening only from the right, it was getting easy for England to read the Indians.

With three minutes left in the first half, England earned their second penalty corner but the shot was saved by Vivek Gupta.

At the break, India led 1-0.

Indian errors increased in the second half as they faltered in the midfield. If Nitin and Vinay held the midfield on the right flank, the left went completely wasted as no moves were forthcoming thus putting huge pressure on the left halves as the English repeatedly attacked from there.

England had two penalty corners in the second half but luckily for India it was wasted.

The Indians could have increased the lead in the 45th, 53rd and 62nd minute but Birender lakra, Hari Prasad and Tushar Khandekar blew up chances by not trapping the ball in front of empty goals.

England kept up the pressure and the Indian defence somehow held on to win the match 1-0.

Pakistan’s last minute penalty corner gave Adnan Zakir the chance to deflect in the match-winner as the former world champions came from behind to carve out a 2-1 victory over Malaysia in the 2005 Junior World Cup here on Wednesday.

Pakistan who were in danger of playing for 9th-12th spots now battle for the 5th-8th placings.

Malaysia will now play off for the 9th-12th placings.

Malaysia started off very well attacking with a lot of vigour but held back in the second half playing a defensive strategy.

They took the lead in the 12th minute when their marksman Rejab Zulkifli flicked in a penalty corner.

But Pakistan equalized in the 18th minute when they too scored off a penalty corner through Muhammad Khalid Mahmood.

In the last five minutes, both the teams were reduced to ten men as Malaysia Selvaraju and Pakistan’s Tariq Aziz were sent off dangerous play.

Indian umpire Satinder Kumar gave Pakistan a last minute penalty corner and they utilized it well passing it to an unmarked Adnan Zakir whose deflection saved Pakistan from playing for minor positions.

Lucas Vila’s two goals helped Argentina pull off a shock 3-1 victory over Australia and enabled the South Americans to qualify for the semifinals in the 2005 Junior World Cup here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club on Wednesday. This was Argentina’s second consecutive entry into the Junior World Cup semifinals. In 2002, they were runners-up after losing the final to India.

Argentina’s win takes them to eleven points in Pool F, one point clear of pre-match leaders Australia who remain on ten points. Australia, 1997 World Champions, had already qualified for the semifinals after hammering the Germans 7-1 on Tuesday.

Argentina’s win leaves Germany in the cold as the Germans were expecting Australia to beat Argentina. Argentina’s defeat would have seen the Germans go all out for a win against Belgium to enter the semifinals.

Argentina started strongly against an Aussie side that surprisingly was off-colour. Some of the player positions were also a little baffling as the Aussie forward Colin Henessey was played as half back and at times was even seen playing full back.

Argentina took the lead in the 30th minute when Lucas Vila went into the Aussie striking circle to strike past two defenders and the goalkeeper.

At the break, Argentina led 1-0.

Australia equalized in the 49th minute when Ian Davidson converted a penalty corner.

The second half saw Argentina make several inroads into Aussie territory. Lucas Vila gave the lead to Argentina after picking up a penalty corner shot off the goalkeeper’s, dribbled past a host of defenders placed it between the post and the goalkeeper.

Surprisingly, Australia still preferred to defend after Argentina had taken the lead.

With just a minute to go, the South Americans got their third goal after a fumble with the penalty corner saw the ball being taken by Manuel Brunet who dribbled in the circle and placed the ball past David Reid the Australian goalkeeper. 


 

Sandeep's 'Goals' Send India Into Semis
6 July 2005

Sandeep Singh’s first half penalty corner goal sent reigning World Champions India into the semifinals beating a fighting England side 1-0 at the 2005 Junior World Cup here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club on Wednesday.

With Spain also beating Egypt 2-1, points and numbers came into play with India going past Spain as they had scored more goals. India and Spain were equal on points (12), matches won (4) and also on goal difference (plus 5) but with India scoring more goals 12 to Spain’s ten, the reigning world champions entered the semifinals from Pool E.

Indian coach Harendra Singh, a trifle emotional, said,”India were lucky to enter the semis. I think we played a bad match. If we have to do well in the semifinals, the team would have raise their levels.”

Harendra blamed the forwards for not creating space. “I think Nitin and Vinay had a good match and they were the only ones who created space for the frontline. The rest would seriously need to look at the video again to understand where they are going wrong.”

But the Indian coach was happy and thanked the nation saying “India’s prayers worked and we are in the semifinals.”

Though India made the initial breaks into the English striking circle, England tightened their own game in the mid-field and came close to scoring twice in the first fifteen minutes of the first half. William Xalxo had to run back and clear off the goalline when Adrian D’Souza had been beaten on top of the circle.

India took the lead in the 26th minute off their second penalty corner. Sandeep Singh’s low flick beat England goalkeeper Andrew Halpin to India to lead 1-0.

Though the midfield tried to create the openings the frontline lacked rythmn. Tushar Khandekar, Birender Lakra and Hari Prasad were getting bunched up on the right flank leaving the left completely unmanned. With the attacks happening only from the right, it was getting easy for England to read the Indians.

With three minutes left in the first half, England earned their second penalty corner but the shot was saved by Vivek Gupta.

At the break, India led 1-0.

Indian errors increased in the second half as they faltered in the midfield. If Nitin and Vinay held the midfield on the right flank, the left went completely wasted as no moves were forthcoming thus putting huge pressure on the left halves as the English repeatedly attacked from there.

England had two penalty corners in the second half but luckily for India it was wasted.

The Indians could have increased the lead in the 45th, 53rd and 62nd minute but Birender lakra, Hari Prasad and Tushar Khandekar blew up chances by not trapping the ball in front of empty goals.

England kept up the pressure and the Indian defence somehow held on to win the match 1-0. 


 

Zulkifli's Hattrick Helps Malaysia; Other matches
5 July 2005

Helped by three goals from their penalty corner specialist Mohd Rejab Zulkifli, Malaysia recorded their first win in the second round beating Belgium 4-2 in the 2005 Junior World Cup being played at the Rotterdam Hockey Club here on Tuesday. Malaysia led 2-0 at the break but Belgium fought back to equalize with goals in the 35th and 46th minutes. Zulkifli’s two late penalty corner goals secured victory for Malaysia.

For Malaysia the scorers were Mohd Rejab Zulkifli (9th, 55th and 60th). Belgium scored through Jerome Truyens (35th) and Maurice Dubois (46th).

Malaysia now have four points while Belgium has one point. Both teams are out of the running for a place in the last four.

Malaysia went into the lead thanks to a perfect penalty corner conversion by Zulkifli and then increased it with a field goal from Kevinder Singh.

But Belgium fought back with goals in the 35th minute when Jerome Truyens shot home after picking up a rebound off the Malaysian goalkeeper’s pads and then equalized in the 46th minute when Maurice Dubois ran around the left flank to draw out the goalkeeper and flick it past him.

Belgium had their tails up but Malaysia held sway in the last 20 minutes missing a few sharp chances in the Belgian striking circle before Zulkifli got into the act with two superb conversions.

Australia hammered four-times world champions Germany 7-1 to become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2005 Junior World Cup being played at the Rotterdam Hockey Club here on Tuesday.
For Australia, this was a step closer to regaining the world title they won at Milton Keynes in 1997.

With the victory over Germany, Australia have ten points with a match against Argentina.

Germany who were never in the match conceded a 0-3 lead at the break before the Australians powered in another four goals.

Germany still have a chance to enter the semis if the Argentines lost their last match to Australia and the Germans beat Belgium. Germany is on six points while Argentina after their draw against Pakistan are on eight.

For Australia the scorers were Ian Burcher (5th), Edward Ockenden (19th, 62nd), Colin Henessey (27th, 38th), Thomas Cleghorn (51st) and Desmond Abbott (55th).

Germany cut the margins with a wonderful goal by Tim Witthaus in the 49th minute.

After they were held to a 3-3 draw with Malaysia, Australia today played with a lot of venom with the midfield and the forward line probably having their best match in the tournament. Germany, who have the World Cup four times previously, are no mean side but against the rampaging Aussies even they didn’t have much of an answer.
Three goals in the first half an hour virtually sealed the doors on a German comeback and though the Germans scored in the second half through Tim Witthaus, the margin was just too much.

Egypt threw away a 2-0 lead to be held 2-2 by England in a Pool E match here at the Junior World Cup.
Egypt scored through Mahmoud Hanafy in the 14th and 23rd minute to take the lead.

But England equalized in the second half when first Ashley Jackson and then Andrew Watts scored twice.

Tournament favourites Spain beat hosts Holland to record a narrow 2-1 victory and ensure a tie at the top of Pool E with three teams, Spain, Korea and India all on nine points.

Spain and South Korea have a goal difference of plus four to India plus two.

Spain have a match against Egypt while India take on England. Hosts Holland who are on six points will play South Korea in their last match.

For Spain the scorers were Jorge Rodriguez (18th) and David Alegre (48th).

Holland reduced the margin through an Olmer Meijer penalty corner conversion in the 49th minute. 


 

India Beat Korea 3-1
5 July 2005
By Sundeep Misra

Reigning World Champions India kept their hopes alive of reaching the last four beating South Korea 3-1 in the 2005 Junior World Cup here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club On Tuesday. India who were on six points are now on nine with South Korea also on nine. India now need to beat England in their last match in Pool E where goal difference could become a factor to decide the semifinalists as Spain and hosts Holland also battle to decide the two teams that would go from the Pool.

India scored through Birender Lakra (15th), Tushar Khandekar (17th) and Sandeep Singh in the 55th minute.

South Korea reduced the margin on the stroke of half time through a penalty conversion by Hong Sung Kweon.

The Indians started strongly making inroads through the middle and using both the flanks effectively. But it was South Korea who used the high ball to counter-attack and earn two penalty corners in the 3rd and 12th minutes but both were saved by Adrian D’Souza by chargin out.

Korea were reduced to ten men in the 14th when Choi Hong Ho got a yellow card for dangerous play.

India used the advantage in numbers to score within the next minute when a Vinay free hit deflected and came to Nitin to scored from the top of the circle in the 15th minute.

Two minutes later, another counter attack from Vivek Gupta who sent a crisp cross to Birender Lakra and Tushar was in the right place to pick up the pass to ensure India led 2-0 in the 17th minute.

India should have increased the lead further but Tushar and then Birender Lakra missed chances in the striking circle.

India also wasted two penalty corners in the 22nd and 28th minutes.

With just two minutes left for the break, an error by Lakra earned Korea their fourth penalty corner. Lakra did the mistake of deflecting off a high ball on the goalline leading to the penalty corner.

Hong Sung Kweon waited for the Adrian charge and then slid the ball into the gap for Korea to cut the scores to 1-2.

At the break, India led 2-1.

Both the teams started cautiously with the Koreans playing an extra man upfront to try and equalize the scores. But the Indians didn’t take advantage of that preferring to rotate the ball in the midfield and try to create chances for Tushar Khandekar upfront.

Not many scoring chances came either team’s way as the match got muddled in the midfield.

But the breakthrough for India came in the 55th minute when India earned their third penalty corner. Sandeep Singh after having failed with the high flicks decided to keep the flick low and that paid off as the Korean goalkeeper was beaten on the line for the Indians to lead 3-1.

Confidence up, the Indians controlled the game but got a scare in the end when Vinay was given a yellow card in the 67th minute as India were reduced to ten men.

But the determined Indians kept away the Koreans and played off time to emerge 3-1 victorious.

Australia Hammer Germany 7-1, Enter Semis

5 July 2005

Australia hammered four-times world champions Germany 7-1 to become the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the 2005 Junior World Cup being played at the Rotterdam Hockey Club here on Tuesday.

For Australia, this was a step closer to regaining the world title they won at Milton Keynes in 1997.

With the victory over Germany, Australia have ten points with a match against Argentina.

Germany who were never in the match conceded a 0-3 lead at the break before the Australians powered in another four goals.

Germany still have a chance to enter the semis if the Argentines lost their last match to Australia and the Germans beat Belgium. Germany is on six points while Argentina after their draw against Pakistan are on eight.

For Australia the scorers were Ian Burcher (5th), Edward Ockenden (19th, 62nd), Colin Henessey (27th, 38th), Thomas Cleghorn (51st) and Desmond Abbott (55th).

Germany cut the margins with a wonderful goal by Tim Witthaus in the 49th minute.

After they were held to a 3-3 draw with Malaysia, Australia today played with a lot of venom with the midfield and the forward line probably having their best match in the tournament. Germany, who have the World Cup four times previously, are no mean side but against the rampaging Aussies even they didn’t have much of an answer.

Three goals in the first half an hour virtually sealed the doors on a German comeback and though the Germans scored in the second half through Tim Witthaus, the margin was just too much. 


 

Germany Beat Pakistan; other results
3 July 2005

Germany who have won the Junior World Cup a record four times took a big step towards a sem-final spot when they beat another former world champion Pakistan 2-0 in a Pool F match on Sunday at the Rotterdam Hockey Club. Germany who after the completion of the first round had six points now total nine after their convincing win over Pakistan. Pakistan remain on three points earned from their first round matches.

Germany who had some close matches in the first round decided to go on the offensive from the start. They controlled the midfield and their defence was strong enough to repel Pakistan attacks, especially in the second half when the Germans went a bit defensive allowing Pakistan to create space.

Germany scored in the 26th minute when Thilo Stralkowski cut into the striking circle to beat Pakistan goalkeeper Nasir Ahmed.

Pakistan had their chances with crosses into the German striking circle but their strikers, especially captain Shakeel Abbasi couldn’t connect.

In the second half, even though Pakistan had more of a say, Germany scored their second goal in the 55th minute when German captain Sebastian Draguhn blasted in a penalty corner.

Helped by a brilliant hat trick by Mohd Rejab Zulkifli, Malaysia held 1997 World Champions Australia to a thrilling 3-3 draw in a Pool F match here at the Rotterdam Club on Sunday. Malaysia led the former world champions 2-1 before falling back 1-3 and then coming back to draw level at 3-3.

Malaysia, actually had a penalty corner in the last minute but their star penalty corner specialist Mohd Rejab Zulkifli couldn’t stop cleanly.

Malaysia scored all their goals through Zulkifli (5th, 42nd, 63rd) while Australia scored through Colin Hennessey (28th), Mark Knowles (59th) and Thomas Cleghorn (61st).

In the other matches, Spain beat India 4-0 while Holland got the better of England 3-1. South Korea took their tally to nine points after a hard fought 4-2 win over Egypt. 


 

Spain Spank India
3 July 2005
By Sundeep Misra

Tournament favourites Spain handed reigning World Champions India a 4-0 spanking to strengthen their position to make it to the last four here at the 2005 Junior World Cup being played at the Rotterdam Hockey Club on Sunday. For Spain the star was their captain David Alegre who scored twice, once from the spot and the other a brilliant field goal that beat Indian goalkeeper Adrian D’Souza all ends up.

Spain who were on three points are now on six while the Indians remain on six points with matches against Korea and England looming ahead.

India were nowehere in the match and after their brilliant performance against Holland on Saturday, this display not only shocked the fans but also now puts a huge pressure on the Indians to win their remaining two matches to qualify for the semifinals.

Spain scored twice in each half and would have added more to the scoreline if their forwards wouldn’t have fumbled in the striking circle.

For Spain the scorers were David Alegre (5th, 45th), Sergio Enrique (28th) and Juan Lainz (57th).

The fluency that was such a hall mark of the 4-1 win against Holland was completely missing. Instead of spreading the flanks, the Indians bunched up in the middle leaving huge gaps on their flanks enabling the Spanish to attack.
As early as in the 5th minute, Jorge Rodriguez dribbled past five Indian defenders before Dhananjay Mahadik stick checked leaving no option for the German umpire Christian Blash but to point to the penalty stroke spot. Spanish captain David Alegre scored to give Spain an early 1-0 lead.

With the pressure on India, the midfield started committing mistakes as a free flow of mispasses and wrong through passes gave the inititive to the Spanish.

Tushar Khandekar, V Raja, Ajitesh Roy and Birender Lakra bunched up in the striking circle leaving no option for the midfield and Sandeep Singh to stretch the play with their crosses. Knowing that the Spanish defence is sluggish, it was shocking to see that the Indians were making no attempts to stretch it.

On the other hand, the Spanish were spraying their flanks with high balls and through pases from the midfield.
For a striking force as potent as the Indians, it was no joy for the 500 strong Indians settled in Holland to see the Indians constantly back-pedalling.

Hopes were raised when the Indians got a penalty corner in the 9th minute but Sandeep Singh’s push was weak and cleanly trapped by a defender.

Spain’s constant attempts at pressurizing the Indian defence paid off when they won a penalty corner in the 28th minute. Adrian D’Souza saved the push but the rebound was picked up by Sergio Enrique and he held on to flick it past the stranded goalkeeper.

At 2-0, Spain were in a strong position and could have stretched the lead in the 32nd minute when they earned their second penalty corner but the shot was wide.

India started the second half strongly earning two penalty corners in the 38th and 41st minutes but both flicks were saved by the Spanish goalkeeper Andreu Mollet.

Spain’s third goal came against the run of play after Indian midfielder Dhananjay Mahadik lost the ball in the midfield allowing the Spanish a free run of the field. David Alegre had two defenders in front but side stepped and shot to the left of Indian goalkeeper Adrian D’Souza whose outstretched left pad came on the ball too late.

Three goals down, it seemed an uphill task for the Indians. And they made it worse for themselves by still not playing around the flanks.

Spain on a high packed in their midfield and let only one forward upfront to make use of the crosses.

In the 57th minute another defensive error saw the ball stay with Hector Martinez who wove in and flicked it to Juan Lainz who shot in for a brilliant field goal.

India did try and stay in the match but the Spanish defence was to experienced to give any space to the Indians.
Spain would have easily got a fifth when Pepe Borrell got away and Adrian D’Souza in a one-to-one situation saved by flicking the ball away. 


 

'Perfect PC'
2 July 2005
By Sundeep Misra

The purists call India's 4-1 victory over Holland here at the junior World Cup a team effort. But seen by many at the Rotterdam Hockey Club and not acknowledged for it's brilliance was the fifth penalty corner conversion in the 59th minute by Sandeep Singh that took the match away from Holland.

It was an indirect attempt that was perfect till the last millisecond before Sandeep's hockey blade flicked in a perfect goal past the completely dazed Dutch goalkeeper.

William Xalxo and Vinay had lined up to take the hit and Sandeep Singh was the third in line. Too far as Dutch defenders would have run down the line by then. But as Vivek Gupta stopped perfectly, William swiped over the ball and then on the rolling ball towards Sandeep, Vinay took a wild swipe. By then the Dutch were in a daze as Sandeep created space and send the ball in past the Dutch defence who didn't even react.

In a country where penalty corner conversions have been the butt of jokes and every coach has said they would do something about it, this indirect conversion shows light at the end of the tunnel. "We had decided to use an indirect after 3-4 direct conversions," says, Harendra, his eyes lighting up at the memory of that perfect conversion. "The training helped and all credit to the boys because each knew what to do. It's one of those days when everything worked out. All the planning fell into place."

Actually after India beat Egypt 4-1 helped by Sandeep Singh's hat trick, Harendra had said that there would be a surprise in the penalty corners against Holland. And he delivered. "I didn't want to say anything that day as I know that the other teams are watching us and also video-taping. So we have to play match by match. And keep them guessing."

Any revelations before the game against the number seeds Spain on Sunday? Harendra smiles,"I think we will see in the match what happens but it will be a good match as Spain is a very strong team." 


 

Germany Survive A Scare; Other Results
2 July 2005

Four times world champions Germany survived by the skin of their teeth to get past a fighting Malaysian side 7-5 to enter the second round of the Junior World Cup here at the Rotterdam Club On Saturday. Germany now have six points from three matches with two wins and a loss.

Malaysia have three points from three games with two losses and a win against South Africa.

Germany’s goals came through Christian Muenz (9th, 20th), Moritz Fuertse (30th, 31st), Oliver Korn (38th), Tim Blasberg (48th), Jonathan Froescgle (57th).

Malaysia fightback was led with four goals from their penalty corner specialist Mohd Rjeab Zulkfli (28th, 42nd, 45th, 55th) and a field goal by Abu Ismail (50th). Zulkfli also scored Malaysia’s first hat-trick in a junior World Cup.

Malaysia normally an attacking side with a lot of flair in the frontline surprisingly played defensive allowing the tall Germans to control the midfield. Their was enough space for the Germans to move up and take territorial advantage early in the game with the result that Germany were up 2-0 by the 20th minute, the goals coming in the 9th and 20th minutes through Christian Muenz.

Malaysia did manage to cut the scores in the 28th minute with a fiery penalty corner strike by Zulkfli but two more German goals before the break broke the Malaysian resistance in the first half.

At the break, Germany led 4-1.

It was a reversal of fortunes in the second half with Malaysia attacking as the Germans fought to keep the Malaysian forwards at bay.

But against the run of play, Germany again scored in the 38th minute taking the score to 5-1. Malaysia fought back with goals in the 42nd and 54th minutes, both penalty corner conversions by Mohammed Zulkifli.

Three minutes later, Germany made it 6-3 with a field attempt by Tim Blasberg. But the Malaysian were throwing everything up front. They were successful in the 50th and 55th minutes. Abu Ismail blasted in a field goal from close and then Zulkifli scored his fourth of the match as fortunes again swung Malaysia’s way.

With Germany leading 6-5, it was anybody’s game. Germany, however, took advantage of the gaps created with Malaysia attacking and scored their seventh goal off a penalty corner in the 57th through Jonathan Froeschle.

Malaysia had openings and even earned their sixth penalty corner with four minutes on the board but the four-times world champions Germany held on to go through 7-5 winners.

In another game, Belgium also went through to the second round with a 2-0 win over minnows Chile. Belgium scored one in each half through Cedric Buchet (5th) and Jerome Tryens (39th).

Belgium have three points from three games with two losses and one win. Chile are out of the running for a second round spot as they have lost all three matches.

Argentina maintained it's good run in the tournament beating South Africa 1-0.

Spain got ready for it's clash with the reigning world champions India on Sunday winning 6-0 against Mexico, a scoreline that sent Mexico out of the World Cup, relegated to play for 13th-16th.

Egypt pulled a surprise beating Poland 3-2 and entered the second round of the World Cup.

In the last game of the day, South Korea beat England 5-3 


 

'Perfect Team Effort'
2 July 2005
By Sundeep Misra

Indian coach Harendra Singh described India's 4-1 victory over hosts Holland as a 'perfect team effort.'

"I had told the players that if they play to the potential that I know them as a coach, then it will be an easy victory," said a happy Harendra Singh.

Harendra said that they had beaten Holland in the four-nation tournament in Bilbao, a couple of weeks earlier and had taken note of the weaknesses of the Dutch side. "They crumble under pressure and if they are deprived off the ball," he explained. "And that is what happened today. We kept ball possesion and attacked from both the flanks that put them under pressure."

Harendra didn't want to predict the next second round matches saying that "if we play, the way we did today, we should be looking at a semifinal spot."

But he was careful about predicting India's chances against Spain on Sunday, their first second round match. "Spain is a good team and I have huge respect for them," he said. "We would sit down with the team today and look at some videos and discuss startegy for Sunday's game."

India had beaten Spain 3-2 in Bilbao, the same venue where India beat Holland to win the 4-nation tournament. "I don't think about that victory," said Harendra. "That match is over and we a have fresh one against Spain on Sunday."

"But I am always confident about the boys and I think and believe that they would deliver." 


 

India Outplay Holland 4-1
2 July 2005
By Sundeep Misra

Tushar Khandekar and Sandeep Singh’s double strike helped reigning World Champions India outplay hosts Holland 4-1 in their last Pool D match here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club on Saturday. It was an impeccable performance by India who needed a win to take six points into the second round and they did in style by taking a 2-0 lead and then increasing it in the second half to walk away 4-1 winners.

It was the second consecutive win for India over Holland in two weeks. Earlier, in the four-nation tournament in Bilbao, India beat Holland 4-3.

For India the scorers were Tushar Khandekar (15th, 62nd), Sandeep Singh (12th, 59th).

Holland reduced the margin in the 38th minute through Steller Sjcerd off a penalty corner.

India settled early into their groove. The midfield spread itself and played well up not allowing the Dutch to make inroads through the middle. Almost seven Dutch moves were cut away at the half line as Vivek, Senthil, Nitin and Vikram played their hearts out.

Four penalty corners and seven strikes in the first half showed India’s dominance as the Dutch almost looked pedestrian.

After failing with the early penalty corners in the 9th and 11th, Sandeep Singh shot India into the lead in the 12th minute with a faultless penalty corner that beat the Dutch goalkeeper Japp Stockmann with its sheer speed. India led 1-0.

Three minutes, later the Dutch had their first and only penalty corner of the first half and India defended well converting it into a counter-attack. Nitin sped down the left and sent a diagonal to Vinay Swamy who after breaching the Dutch midfield created the opening for Tushar Khandekar to increase India’s lead to 2-0. It was also Tushar’s first goal in the tournament.

The Dutch tried to build moves around the right flank but William Xalxo twice came early into position to outwit the Dutch forwards.

India had another penalty corner, their fourth in the 33rd minute, but Sandeep Singh’s flick beat the goalkeeper, hitting him on the shoulder and going out of play.

Holland cut the scores early in the second half carving out a penalty corner in the 38th minute as Stellar Sjcerd scored beating Adrian D’Souza.

To the credit of the Indians, they didn’t go into a panic but started rotating the play in the midfield as coach Haendra Singh made fast substitutions. Tushar Khandekar upfront was a constant threat with Hari Prasad and V Raja.
The advantage in the second half was that India kept ball possession and like in the first half cut off the Dutch moves in the midfield to move fast into a counter-attack.

After 3-4 sharp misses in the striking circle by the Indians, they earned their fifth penalty corner in the 59th minute. It was probably the most brilliant indirect penalty corner execution of the tournament as first Willam Xalxo swiped, then Vinay and finally the ball was flicked in by Sandeep Singh as the Dutch defence went dizzy. At 3-1, the Indians were growing in confidence.

Tushar had a great opportunity but his flick was saved by the Dutch goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann.

In the 62nd minute came the killer goal that wrested away the match from Holland. Nitin went down the right flank, gave it to Hari who cut the defence stroking the ball into the circle and Tushar Khandekar perfectly placed trapped and flicked in for India to lead 4-1.

India had a shot at a fifth goal but Sandeep Singh’s flick was saved by the Dutch Goalkeeper.

Two minutes from the end Raja’s shot from the top of the circle beat the defence and the goalkeeper virtually kissing the post and going out.

India had won the game when Holland earned their second penalty, seconds before the hooter went but the flick went out.

The Indian Hockey Federation has announced a cash award of Rs 25,000 for each player for their win over Holland.
India now play Spain on Sunday in their opening second round match.

The teams in India’s group are: Spain, England, South Korea, Holland and Poland/Egypt.


 

Korea Upset Spain, Other Matches
30 June 2005

Colin Hennessey struck thrice to power Australia into the second round of the 2005 Junior World Cup with another commanding 7-1 victory over Belgium here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club on Thursday. Australia, the 1997 World Champions, become the first team in the competition to enter the second round. This was Australia’s second victory in two matches, the first a 12-0 swamping of Chile on Wednesday.

Colin Hennessey scored thrice to take his tally to seven goals in two matches. Earlier, on Wednesday, against Chile, Colin had powered in four goals.

Belgium were not meant to challenge Australia but the Belgians who have been trying to build up a junior hockey base in their country did well enough to hold the Australians down to a 3-1 lead at the break.

Looking at the fact that the Aussies scored in the 2nd and 5th minute through Colin Hennessey and Lain Davidson, the Belgians didn’t crack at the back and actually defended well. In the 29th minute they cut the scores down to 1-2 when Jerome Truyens powered in a penalty corner.

With seconds to go for the break, Colin fired in his second field goal to have the Aussies lead 3-1.

After the break, Australia scored four more goals. Aussie captain Mark Knowles (38th) scored a brilliant field goal and then Colin got his third of the match in the 53rd minute as Belgium stared at a 5-1 Australia lead.

In the 61st minute, after a relatively quiet period, the Australian forwards struck when Daniel Hotchkins smashed in a goal from an acute angle.

Australia rounded off the tally with their seventh goal in the 69th minute with a Desmond Abbott goal.

In another match, England thrashed Mexico 12-0 to record their first win in the tournament. On Wednesday, England had lost to Spain 0-1.

For England, Simon Mantell and Darren Cheesman shared six goals between them as Mexico floundered, unable to come to grips as the English midfield produced an impeccable performance.

Mexico’s defence was completely at sea as England scored all their goals through field attempts.

For England the scorers were Richard Lane (9th), Darren Cheeseman (13th, 32nd, 44th), Simon Mantell (15th, 21st, 65th), Ashley Jackson (17th, 48th), Warren D’Souza (26th, 47th) and Andrew Watts (62nd).

Former Junior World Champions Pakistan, winners of the inaugural event in 1979, Versailles, became the first Asian nation to book their berth in the second round of the 2005 Junior World Cup but not before minnows Chile made them struggle all the way for a hard fought 2-1 victory here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club on Wednesday.
Pakistan now have six points from two matches. Earlier, on Wednesday, they had beaten Belgium 3-1.

After Australia had thrashed Chile 12-0, Pakistan should have had an easy outing with scores looking at double figures. But Pakistan struggled in the frontline and the midfield and towards the end of the match were fending off Chilean forwards as the South American nation managed to score in the 49th minute.

Earlier, Pakistan after being kept at bay by an unusually determined Chilean defence, managed to break the deadlock in the 32nd minute through Yasir Islam. And then got the second in the 34th minute when upcoming penalty corner specialist Muhammad Imran fired in a flick.

Pakistan coach Tahir Zaman’s words at the break didn’t seem to have too much effect on the team as they still struggled to build moves in the midfield where Tariq Aziz, Adnan Zakir floundered whenever the opportunity rose to make a through pass. With the midfield not all firing, Pakistan’s forwards suffered upfront where captain Shakeel Abbasi was left to do all the hard work of falling back to pick up the ball to build momentum.

To make matters worse, the Pakistan defence also slipped failing to mark the Chilean forwards in the 49th minute which the South American nation took advantage with Thomas Kannegiesser scoring with a deft shot.

Pakistan did try and speed up the play but the Chilean’s had tasted blood. And they played well to hold off Pakistan and also managed to squeeze in a few shots at the Pakistan goal which must have tested coach Tahir Zaman’s nerves.

“I think it was a bad match and there was no momentum,” said Pakistan coach Tahir Zaman. “Three points is important but I needed a big win because the momentum is then with the team.”

After a rest day, Pakistan will now play one of the favourites Australia to decide who tops group C.

South Korea produced the first big upset of the 2005 Junior World Cup beating the number one seed and the hot favourite for the title Spain 3-1 in a Pool A match here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club on Wednesday. Korea’s win gives them six points after two wins and also sends them into the second round of the World Cup.

South Korea started slowly but gained momentum in the second half which they completely dominated to clinch the match.

For Korea, penalty corner specialist, Jang Jong Hyun scored twice in the 28th and 52nd minute. With six minutes left in the match, Korea wrapped it up with a field goal strike by Kim Young Jin.

Spain got their only goal in the 48th minute when their captain David Alegre squeezed past two Korean defenders to shoot home.


Argentina, runners-up at the last 2001 World Cup made it to the second round with a narrow 1-0 victory over a fighting Malaysian side. For Argentina, the match-winner came as early as the second minute when Pedro Ibarra made no mistake with his penalty corner flick.

Malaysia did fight back and had their chances but couldn’t get the equalizer.

Germany beat South Africa 4-3



Difficult Win For India
30 June 2005
By Sundeep Misra

Reigning World Champions India were given a scare before they managed to beat Poland 3-2 and enter the second round of the 2005 Junior World Cup here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club on Thursday. With this win, India have six points from two wins in two matches.

Playing under a constant drizzle, India took the lead through a Hari Prasad goal before Poland equalized in the 38th minute through a Karol Szyplik penalty corner flick. India regained the lead when Birender Lakra deflected in a Nitin cross and then Sandeep Singh made it 3-1 with a penalty corner drive. Poland pressed in the dying minutes and scored their second goal in the 66th minute again off a penalty corner by Karol Szyplik.

Indian coach Harendra Singh was disappointed with the result. “I think the forwards didn’t play well. They should have combined better and ensured that players moved into position,”said Harendra.

Harendra also praised the Polish goalkeeper Marek Kompala. “I think he was brilliant against us and saved atleast four-five sure goals.”

But Harendra also said that India always plays badly against lower ranked teams and he was confident that they would put up a better performance against Holland on Saturday.

Earlier in the first half, both the teams had a slow start but India gained momentum in the midfield to dominate the later part.

India had a chance with their first penalty corner in the 18th minute but Sandeep’s flick was saved by the Polish goalkeeper Marek Kompala, who was the star of the match.

Birender Lakra would have given India the lead in the 20th minute but faced with Marek in front, feebly flicked onto his pads.

India had the lead in the 22nd minute when Vivek Gupta built a move in the midfield, pushed it for Tushar Khandekar who after beating a defender and drawing the goalkeeper out gave the ball to an overlapping Hari Prasad whose push entered the goal.

It was as if India had broken off the shackles but the Polish goalkeeper was still reading the Indian moves well.
In the 27th minute, a Vinay Swamy slap shot from outside the circle went off a defenders stick and hit the upright.
The moves continued to flow as first Tushar Khandekar with a reverse shot saw Marek saving by taking the ball on the pads and then a Hari Prasad deflection saw the ball go off Markek’s pads again.

Poland were down to ten men with around eight minutes to go when Bartosz Zuwiczka was shown the yellow card for dangerous play.

Sandeep Singh had another chance to come good with India’s second penalty corner in the 32nd minute but Marek Kompala saved by rushing out and deflecting the flick off his gloves.

Poland stunned India immediately after the break. Poland earned their first penalty corner in the 38th minute and Karol Szyplik was on target as the flick beat Adrian D’Souza easily.

India re-grouped in the midfield and saw a Nitin Kumar shot from well outside the striking circle deflected into goal by Birender Lakra.

After failing to neatly trap India’s third penalty corner, Sandeeo Singh came good with the fourth as his flick finally beat Marek Kompala in the Polish goal.

But a minute later, Kompala made the save of the match as he stretched and deflected Raja’s brilliant reverse shot.
Instead of holding on and slowing down the game, India went into disarray as the midfield couldn’t hold and Poland taking advantage of the gaps created surged ahead.

Poland’s third penalty corner in the 65th minute was saved but the fourth in the 66th minute was taken indirectly as Karol Szyplik shot went under Adrian’s pads for the Polish penalty corner specialist’s second goal of the match.
Poland made a few dangerous moves but India managed to hold them off to record their second consecutive victory.

Shots at goal for India:
1st half: Seven shots - One goal
2nd half: Five shots - Two goals



Asian Nations Win, Germany Shocked

29 June 2005
By sundeep Misra

Asian nations remained on course to enter the second round of the 2005 Junior World Cup with emphatic victories here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club on Wednesday. In contrast, Europe suffered a jolt when four-times Junior World Champion Germany were beaten 3-2 by Argentina.

For the first time in the history of the Junior World Cup, four Asian nations, India, Pakistan, South Korea and Malaysia, are taking part.

Reigning World Champions India struggled early but thanks to a superb hat-trick by penalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh, the first in the tournament, remained on course for a second round berth with a 4-1 win over Egypt. Pakistan too struggled before coming good with a 3-1 win over Belgium. Scores were tied 1-1 till the 64th minute before Muhammad Imran and Muhammad Arif stole a 3-1 win for Pakistan. Malaysia also came good with a 4-1 scoreline but the team that impressed was South Korea who hammered Mexico 11-0 with star player Jang Jong Hyun scoring five of them, four from penalty corners.

Spain, tipped by many to be a hot favourite for the title, scored early against England in the 18th minute through their captain David Alegre. But later struggled as England mounted an offensive that almost saw them equalising.

But the shocker came in the form off an Argentina win over four-times Junior World Champion Germany. The South Americans are the 2001 World Cup runners-up but not many saw them winning against Germany. But the match was a revelation as Argentina dominated and would have increased their scoreline if the forwards wouldn't have missed a number of sharp chances.

After a barren first half, Argentina shot into the lead in the 40th minute with a goal from Lucas Vila and then four minutes later got their second with a Tomas Argento penalty corner conversion.

Germany cut the scores with a Moritz Fuerste goal in the 50th minute but Argentina pressed hard and got their third goal in the 55th minute when Lucas Rossi scored from the top of the circle. Germany had a second in the 58th minute when Moritz again scored but Argentina defended well to keep away the Germans from equalising.

Oceania representatives Australia, the 1997 World Champions, also started in style with a 12-0 blanking off Chile.



Sandeep Slams Hat-Trick
29 June 2005
By Sundeep Misra

Sandeep Singh slammed in a hat-trick to propel reigning world champions India to a winning 4-1 start against African Champions Egypt in the 2005 Junior World Cup here at the Rotterdam Hockey Club on Wednesday.

Sandeep Singh scored the first three goals off penalty corners in the 5th, 26th and 55th minutes. India's fourth goal was scored by V Raja in the 60th minute off a field attempt.

Egypt who played well in the first half to restrict India to a 2-0 lead cut the scores in the 51st minute off a Mahmoud Elbadry penalty corner flick. The scores at that time were 2-1 raising visions of an Egyptian fightback but the Indians reorganised themselves, picked up the battle in the midfield to finally outwit Egypt 4-1.

But it was the first half that must have worried the Indian management. Indian coach Harinder Singh was not pleased with the first half display saying that the spirit was not there. "But I think they played well in the second half to completely stop any Egyptian moves that were threatening down our middle."

The newly laid pitch must have also worried India as the bounce in the first half towards the side that India were attacking was a bit unsteady with a couple of the Indian players in the midfield failing to cleanly trap the ball that lost the momentum for India on various occasions.

Even Tushar Khandekar, who flew in today morning as he had gone back home due to his father's death, showed an amazing amount of commitment by playing the entire match. His moves down the left flank, especially in the second half, were classy and the forward didn't show any signs of jet lag.

India opened the scoring in the 5th minute with a direct flick conversion by Sandeep Singh. After erring with the second penalty corner, Sandeep fitred in the third, the flick sailing past the Egyptian goalkeeper.

At the break, India led 2-0.

In the second half, India picked themselves up and stretched the Egyptian defence. Vinay showed enterprise on the right flank, constantly coming up and firing in some superb crosses.

Egypt could cut the scores to 1-2 when India were down to ten men with Nitin Kumar getting a yellow card.

India got their third goal in the 55th minute off their sixth penalty corner when Sandeep Singh's fiery flick deflected off the post into the goal.

In the 60th minute, Vikram Kanth dribbled in from the midfield and cut across five Egyptian defenders before flicking the ball to V Raja who pushed it past the Egyptian goalkeeper for india's fourth goal.

Egypt had a late penalty corner, their second in the match, but they couldn't convert.

Indian coach Harinder Singh promises that the performances would improve as the tourney progresses. "The first match is always the tough one and I am glad that we are past the first hurdle.""

The coach was also very happy with the way the team showed their fighting spirits. "The Egyptians were crowding us. But we managed to break them open and I am very pleased that Tushar Khandekar after the tragedy in his family still played exceptionally well."

India with the victory over Egypt earn three points and now face Poland on Thursday for their second match in Pool D. A win over Poland will ensure that India enter the second round of the Junior World Cup

Shots At Goal For India:

First Half: Six shots at goal - scored twice of PC
Second half: Seven shots at goal - Scored twice
Total PC for India: 7 - Scored thrice


 

 

 

     

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