New Delhi: India's junior men's hockey team could not maintain their good performance in the final of the ninth Sultan of Johor Cup. In this title match, they had to face 1-2 defeat to Great Britain. The Indian team took an aggressive stance from the beginning and kept Great Britain on the backfoot, showing fast play. However, the finishing of the Indian team was very poor due to which the team had to struggle to score goals. The first opportunity for India was created by Maninder Singh who single-handedly hit three players of the opposing team but his shot went over the crossbar.
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Great Britain goalkeeper James Mazzarello then foiled Sudeep's effort and then prevented India from scoring on three penalty corners. In the second quarter, Britain's goalkeeper Oliver Penn landed, who thwarted a superb shot from Dilpreet Singh, also thwarted Gursahibjit's effort. By half time both teams were on a goalless draw.
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The same situation was repeated in the third quarter. India got their fifth penalty corner and this time Mazarello stopped Pradeep Lakra's drag flick. A few minutes later, Maninder had a golden opportunity to score India but Shilanand Lakra shot went straight to Mazarello, who stopped it easily. In the final, Rushmore then scored another goal on the rebound to give Great Britain the victory.
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