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India beat Belgium 2-1 to win Hockey Junior World Cup 2016

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    Indian Junior hockey players celebrate

    India created history by winning the FIH Junior Hockey World Cup after a gap of 15 long years with a clinical 2-1 victory against Belgium in the final.

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    Junior hockey players celebrate with the winning trophy after their victory over Belgium

    India, playing their third junior World Cup final, thus became only the second team after Germany to win the junior title on more than one occasion, having defeated Argentina to win the tournament for the first time in 2001.

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    Indian Junior hockey players celebrate after their victory over Belgium in the final Junior World Cup Hockey 2016

    The hosts dominated Belgium, playing their maiden final, in the first half, entering the opposition circle twice in the initial three minutes before they won a penalty corner with their next attack a minute later.

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    Indian Junior hockey players celebrate with the winning trophy after their victory over Belgium

    Belgium, meanwhile, continued to try and attack but India's defence and goalkeeper Vikas Dahiya stood firm.

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    while controlling the proceedings for better part of the game to emerge as deserving winners.

    The hosts scored two beautifully crafted field goals in the first half through Gurjant Singh (8th minute) and Simranjeet Singh (22nd)

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    comprising of some of the best of their times like Gagan Ajit Singh, Yugraj Singh achieved then.

    The team coached by Harendra Singh in association with senior team's chief coach Roelant Oltmans accomplished what the 'Class of 2001'

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    it was a mission for the hosts to rewrite history and the hosts duly achieved that riding on its brilliant performance in the 11th edition ...

    Having finished a lowly 13th in the last edition of the tournament in New Delhi,

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    Junior hockey team captain Harjeet Singh waves to supporters after defeating Belgium

    it was a mission for the hosts to rewrite history and the hosts duly achieved that riding on its brilliant performance in the 11th edition of the event.

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    Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik presents the Junior World Cup Hockey trophy to Indian team after their victory over Belgium in Lucknow

    A minute later Nilkanta Sharma came tantalisingly close to hand India a two-goal advantage but his shot from top of the circle went just wide.

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