India defeat Dinamo Storitel 3-2 in junior hockey meet

Yekaterinburg (Russia), July 10 (IANS) India’s junior hockey team came back strongly in its second game against Russian club Dinamo Storitel in the EurAsia Cup to record a 3-2 victory in an entertaining game here on Sunday.

For India, Gurjant Singh (30th minute), drag-flicker Varun Kumar (53rd) and Parvinder Singh (60th) scored.

In a surprisingly slow-paced first half, India dominated the possession but didn’t manage to convert the possession into goals till late in the game.

Dinamo, despite being under pressure, managed to win two consecutive penalty corners but India’s defence did its best to keep the scores level.

Soon after, with minutes to half time, Gurjant scored the opener for India to take them into half time with a 1-0 lead.

Dinamo hit back soon after the restart, via a penalty corner hit from Semen Matkovsky in the 45th minute and then took a shocking lead with a second goal in the 46th minute via L. Mikhail.

India though kept their heads and continued playing their possession based style, and soon enough had the equaliser, Varun scoring in the 53rd minute via a penalty corner.

With a minute of the game left to play, Parvinder scored to give India the lead and a second win on the trot in the EurAsia Cup.

In the first match, India defeated Dinamo 3-1 on Saturday.

–IANS

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