India beat South Africa 3-2 in thriller to reach men’s hockey final at 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Indian men’s hockey team continued their outstanding performance and qualified for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games final. The Indian team reached the final of all Commonwealth Games for the third time. In the final, India will now face the winner of the second semi-final between Australia and England. The Indian team beat South Africa 3-2 in the first semi-final played on Saturday. In that crucial semi-final, India had taken a 2-0 lead until half-time. Abhishek, Mandeep Singh and Jugraj scored for India.

In the third quarter, India were awarded their fifth penalty corner of the game, but the Indian team could not convert this opportunity into a goal. After India, South Africa also got the second corner of the game, which was well defended by the Indian team. However, South Africa opened their account soon after. Julius scored that goal for South Africa. After this goal, South Africa scored 1-2 in the match.

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After scoring the first goal of the match, the Indian team started to appear under pressure. South Africa earned another penalty corner in the same quarter. But Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh foiled the South African attack. Shortly after, Vikek Sagar Prasad got injured. The Indian team also lost their seventh CP.

Shortly before the end of the third quarter, India were awarded another penalty corner, but this time too South African goalkeeper Govan Jones stood as a wall for the team. Meanwhile, Captain Manpreet Singh received the green card. But he entered a minute before the end of the third quarter. After that, the Indian team was leading 2-1 until the end of the third quarter.

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The Indian team also created great opportunities in the fourth and final quarter. Showing great strength in defence, the Indian team were continuously attacking in the game. But he still held the lead at 2-1. With four minutes remaining, South Africa pulled their goalkeeper and started playing with 11 attacking players. After that, India were awarded a penalty corner and Jugraj scored a goal to make India’s lead 3–1.

However, South Africa also scored another goal with one minute remaining to make it 2-3. However, after that, India maintained their lead and registered a 3-2 win. India reached the Commonwealth Games finals in 2010, 2014 and now in 2022.

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