India to face Australia in hockey final
In a repeat of the 2010 final, India will take on defending champions Australia in Sunday's title clash after they stole a stunning come-from-behind 3-2 win over higher ranked New Zealand in the men's hockey semi-final of the 2014 Commonwealth Games at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre here Saturday.
Goals from Simon Child and Nick Haig gave World No.6 New Zealand a 2-0 lead but India, World No.9, came back strongly with strikes from Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Rupinder Pal Singh to book a place in the final.
New Zealand took an early lead in the second minute through a field goal from Child. The Indians appealed for a video referral to challenge the goal but their request was flatly refused. They doubled the lead in the 18th minute with a penalty corner from Haig.
India opened their scoring in the 28th with a penalty stroke from Rupinder and New Zealand went into the break with a 2-1 lead. India drew level in the 42nd minute with a brilliant finish from Ramandeep and found the winner five minutes later through Akashdeep.
In the other semi-final, Australia beat England 4-1 to seal their place in the final. Simon Orchard, Eddie Ockenden, Chris Ciriello and Tristian White sounded the board for Australia while Harry Martin scored the only goal for England.
(Posted on 02-08-2014)
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