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Indians fail to advance

New Delhi: Hosts India’s campaign in the Junior World Cup hockey ended on a disastrous note on Tuesday when they crashed out of the tournament after a 3-3 draw against Korea, at the Dhyan Chand Stadium.

Faced with a must-win situation to qualify for the quarter-finals from Group C, India raced to a comfortable 3-1 lead before Korea hit back to draw level in a span of three minutes through two penalty corners. Korea finished second in the group behind the Netherlands.

The man who left the vociferous partisan crowd silenced was drag flicker Seungju Yu. He scored a hat-trick to take his tally of goals in the tournament to seven. He first put Korea in the lead early in the encounter and then displayed delightful striking power in his team’s hour of need in the last 12 minutes.

In the quarter finals, to be played on Thursday, Korea will play Malaysia. In the other quarter finals, Belgium will meet France, Germany will play Australia while the Netherlands will cross swords with New Zealand.

India, who scored their goals through penalty corner specialist Gurjinder Singh (2) and Mandeep Singh, ended the three-match group league with just one win against lowly Canada. In the first match, they lost to the Netherlands.