India colts go down to Britain in Sultan of Johor Cup final

first_imgIndia failed to defend their title in the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup junior hockey tournament on Sunday going down 3-4 via penalty shoot-out in the final at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium here.England’s Luke Taylor’s penalty corner conversion in the fifth minute was negated by a Harmanpreet Singh’s drag-flick in the 12th minute. Gurjant Singh’s field goal in the 42nd minute was followed up with a goal from Jack Turner — both teams were tied 2-2 in regular time.The resultant penalty shoot-out saw Britain prevailing 4-3.Britain, who earlier defeated two-time defending champions India 4-3 in the league match, began on a confident note, drawing the first blood in the fifth minute through a penalty corner goal by Taylor.The Britain team seemed to be in control of their game until India were rewarded with a penalty corner in the 12th minute, which was beautifully converted by Harmanpreet to bring India at par.The next 23 minutes in the first half saw a lot of attacks and counter-attacks but neither of the teams could capitalise on their form to find the back of the net.The second half began with India pressing hard to take the lead and they were soon rewarded in the 42nd minute with Gurjant pulling off an absolute stunner, giving India the much needed lead in the game.Britain however struck back four minutes later through Turner to settle the score at 2-2. The next 24 minutes saw numerous attempts to score from both the teams, but the efficient goal keepers and strong defence units ensured the match entered the penalty shoot-out.advertisement”Its hard to miss out on the title from somewhere as close as this, but its a game and this defeat today will only help us learn from our mistakes for the future. I am completely satisfied with the boys performance and I couldnt have asked for more from them,” India chief coach Harendra Singh said in a release.”Penalty shoot-outs are always unpredictable and its unfortunate that we could not finish it on a winning note. I would like to congratulate Britain on being crowned the new champions.”last_img read more

EPL: Southampton recover leaving Tottenham’s top four place in jeopardy

first_imgLeading through Harry Kane’s 26th minute goal and in complete control before the interval, Mauricio Pochettino’s slumping side was undone as Southampton capped a spirited second-half response with two late goals in three minutes. Yan Valery capitalised on a mistake by Danny Rose in the 77th minute to draw Saints level before James Ward-Prowse’s superb 81th minute free-kick delivered a victory that ensured they remained two points clear of the relegation zone. For Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuettl, this was the kind of heroic victory that will strengthen the belief his side can stay up. Pochettino, on the other hand, was left with plenty to worry about as his side fell to a third defeat in four Premier League games — a wretched run that has produced just on point and leaves them looking over their shoulder as the battle for a top-four finish gathers pace. Third placed Tottenham are three points above fourth-placed Manchester United and four ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, with their rivals meeting at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. Before Rose allowed Stuart Armstrong’s low cross to roll through his legs, it appeared a positive week for Tottenham would end on a high. Dele Alli returned after a seven-week absence with a hamstring injury to revive his instinctive relationship with Kane, adding to the upbeat mood generated by the midweek win at Borussia Dortmund that booked Tottenham’s place in the Champions League quarter-finals. In addition, the club announced on Friday they will finally be moving into their redeveloped White Hart Lane home next month, prompting chants from the visiting supporters of “Tottenham’s going home”. And during the first half there seemed little that would upset the visitors’ week. Saints transformedAlli’s creativity offered a different dimension to Tottenham’s attacking play and it quickly became clear why Pochettino had opted against easing the midfielder back in from the bench. The fluency of Tottenham’s play reflected the lift provided by the last 16 second leg success in Dortmund and it became increasingly inevitable the visitors would make the breakthrough. Southampton’s defence was being repeatedly unpicked and they were fortunate to escape when Tottenham hit the woodwork twice in a minute midway through the first half. Southampton defender Maya Yoshida was fortunate to see the ball rebound clear of the goal when he inadvertently directed Kane’s low cross against the post as he attempted to clear. Immediately after that scare, Southampton again had cause to reflect on their good fortune when Christian Eriksen’s free-kick struck the crossbar. There would be no third time lucky, however, with Tottenham finally finding a way through in the 26th minute. Once again the opening was created by Alli who floated an excellent pass towards Kane at the far post and the England captain demonstrated commendable composure to take the ball down and slot home. Hasenhuettl reacted by making a double substitution at the break and the home side was transformed. Saints were far more convincing and deservedly drew level through Valery’s second goal in two games. They maintained the pressure to force the second with Ward-Prowse curling in a free-kick after Kyle Walker-Peters had halted Armstrong’s run on goal with a trip. Also read: Southampton to ban fans who mocked Emiliano Sala’s death with ‘aeroplane’ gesture Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/ reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more