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India win Jr Asia Cup hockey
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July 18, 2008 20:23 IST

India staged a dramatic fightback to beat South Korea 3-2 and retain the Junior Asia Cup hockey crown in Hyderabad on Friday.

Drag-flick ace Diwakar Ram's goal in extra-time clinched victory for the hosts in a pulsating final.

The Indians trailed 0-2 till the 52nd minute of a fast-paced contest but clawed their way back with three quick goals to leave the Koreans in a daze.

After being locked 2-2 at the end of regulation time, the in-form Diwakar Ram converted a penalty-corner for his tenth goal of the tournament to tilt the balance and see India finish unbeaten.

Scenes of wild celebration broke out in the galleries as soon as Diwakar Ram netted the 'golden goal' and the Indian players hugged each other to celebrate their second successive Asia Cup triumph.

It was again Diwakar who came to the rescue of the team by scoring two goals just as the match seemed running away from the Indians. Sunil S P accounted for the other goal.

Nam Hyan Woo scored both the goals for the Koreans, who began with a flourish, attacking from both flanks, but lost the tempo in the dying stages when it mattered most.

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