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Indian men and women teams enter hockey 5s final of Youth Olympics

Press Trust of India  |  Buenos Aires 

The Indian men's and women's advanced to the final of 5s competition in the Youth after registering emphatic wins over their respective opponents here.

defeated hosts 3-1 in the men's semifinal match on Saturday while the women's team beat 3-0 in their last-four match.

The Indian men face in the summit clash while their women counterparts take on hosts in the final.

This is the first time is taking part in a competition in the Youth The country did not feature in the earlier two editions.

5s, the five-a-side version, is played on a pitch smaller than the normal 11-game and it was introduced in the 2014 Singapore Youth

In the men's semifinal match, (12th and 18th minute) and Rajbhar (3th) scored for while found the target for

India took the lead through but Argentina were quick to equalise as they scored through in the 4th minute.

Both the had chances in the remaining six minutes of the first period but their goalkeepers made some fine saves to keep the scores locked at 1-1 at half-time.

In the second period, India maintained pressure and benefited from it as they took the lead in the 12th minute through who produced a fine finish to swing the match in India's favour.

Indian kept his team in the lead as he was called into action again in the next few minutes to deny the hosts of an equaliser.

Indian attackers also created chances and were successful again in the 18th minute as scored his second goal of the match to give a two-goal advantage for his side.

Argentina tried to make a comeback in the dying minutes but the Indians stood firm and denied the home side any more goal.

In the women's semifinal, India outplayed their Chinese opponents with goals coming from (1st minute), (5th) and (13th).

India dominated the match right from the start as they put pressure on the Chinese defence by keeping possession.

The Indian team was rewarded for their efforts as scored just after 52 seconds. Even after that, India kept the possession and created several chances from inside and outside the 11-metres area.

The 5th minute saw Indian make a fierce shot from the half-way line, which beat the Chinese on her right and gave her side a 2-0 lead.

tried to create opportunities in the remaining few minutes but Indian defenders were up to their task as their side took the two-goal advantage into the half-time break.

India dominated the second period as well, finding space in the opposition's half and creating chances for themselves.

In the 13th minute, it was forward who was stopped from taking a shot by a Chinese player, which meant that India were awarded a Penalty Challenge. converted it as she scored her eighth goal of the competition and gave India a 3-0 lead.

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First Published: Sun, October 14 2018. 10:00 IST
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