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India defeat England on penalty strokes

India 3 England 3
(India win 5-4 on strokes)
Australia 6 New Zealand 2

A brave second-half comeback from 3-1 down and a flawless series of penalty strokes have propelled India into a dream home Commonwealth Games men’s hockey final.
England and India went in level at half time after an Ashley Jackson PC strike after the buzzer silenced the home crowd. Jackson’s goal cancelled out a corner goal finished by Saravanjit Singh in the 20th minute.

India 3 England 3
(India win 5-4 on strokes)
Australia 6 New Zealand 2

A brave second-half comeback from 3-1 down and a flawless series of penalty strokes have propelled India into a dream home Commonwealth Games men’s hockey final.
England and India went in level at half time after an Ashley Jackson PC strike after the buzzer silenced the home crowd. Jackson’s goal cancelled out a corner goal finished by Saravanjit Singh in the 20th minute.
England built up a lead with two more excellent corners from Jackson and Simon Mantell and could have made it four when a Jackson PC rattled the crossbar. At 3-1 with India in disarray the match looked over.
But the home side began to find the space to produce the running hockey they, and their crowd, love. Vikram Pillay made it 3-2 from an open play goal, then the equaliser came in the 60th minute (open play) – Singh’s second goal.
After a fruitless extra time came the high drama of penalties. India produced the best penalty barrage I have ever seen in a hockey match. The difference was an excellent save, to his right, by Bharat Kumar Chetri, from a good Glenn Kirkham stroke.
England will play New Zealand in the bronze medal game. Australia, who beat their Oceania rivals 6-2 in the other semi final, will be India’s final opponents.

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