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Hockey India League: Mumbai outclass UP to keep semi-final hopes alive

February 16, 2016 21:49 IST

Dabang Mumbai players celebrate their win

IMAGE: Dabang Mumbai players celebrate their win against Uttar Pradesh in a Hockey India League match. Photograph: PTI

Dishing out a superlative display, Dabang Mumbai swamped Uttar Pradesh Wizards 6-3 in their concluding round-robin game of the Hockey India League to keep their hopes of entering the semi-finals alive.

Mumbai scored three excellent field goals, which count as a double strike as per the rules of the tournament, through Gurjant Singh (14th minute), Florian Fuchs (42nd) and Yosuf Affan (59th). 

For UP Wizards, who were knocked out of semifinal contention, V R Raghunath (19th penalty corner) and Chinglensana Singh (30th field goal), were the goal-getters. 

It was only the fourth win for Mumbai from 10 outings, but it was enough to put them level on points with Kalinga Lancers (25) who play Delhi Waveriders on Wednesday in the last round robin encounter.

If Lancers win, Mumbai will be through, but if Delhi win they will be through and goal difference will come into play to decide the final semi-final spot from among Lancers and Mumbai.

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