U-18 Asia Cup hockey final: India beat Bangladesh 5-4 to claim title

A last minute strike gave India a 5-4 victory in their final game against hosts Bangladesh and helped them lift the U-18 Asia Cup on Friday. In what was almost a replay of the opening game, the two teams treated the fans to a thrilling nine-goal encounter with India emerging triumphant in the end to be crowned the champions.

India got off to a quick start and kept the ball in their possession as they searched for an opening to penetrate the rival circle. Their approach paid off as they won their first penalty corner in the 6th minute itself. After an initial error, India recovered and improvised to take a shot on goal, but the attempt went in vain.

While India held the possession, Bangladesh waited for the counter. From a counter, the home team won a penalty corner, and after the initial save by Pankaj Kumar Rajak, M Roman Sarkar netted the ball to give the hosts the lead. India were quick to score the equaliser through Shivam Anand, who picked up a pass on the edge of the circle and cut back in, running past two Bangladesh defenders to execute a perfect reverse flick into the net.

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