Gritty Uttar Pradesh received the higher of Maharashtra within the tie-breaker to sneak into the men’s hockey final of the thirty sixth National Games on the Dhyan Chand Stadium right here on Monday.
After a eager battle, the groups have been locked 3-3 on the finish of regulation time, with Sumit, Sunil Yadav and Manish Yadav scoring for Uttar Pradesh and Aniket Gurav (2) and Sayyad Niyaz Rahim for Maharashtra.
Darshan Gawkar and Yuvraj Walmiki scored for Maharashtra within the shootout whereas Rajkumar Pal and Rahul Kumar Rajbhar for UP to make 2-2 after the tie-breaker too.
In the following sudden-death, Indian camper Lalit Kumar Upadhyay scored for UP after Maharashtra’s Pratap Shinde failed, to present them a final 6-5 win.
Maharashtra seemed the higher aspect not simply on paper but additionally on the sphere. But Uttar Pradesh impressed when it mattered most to maintain the match alive until the top.
Maharashtra started their quest on a optimistic word, threatening the rival citadel again and again. Yuvraj Walmiki led the frontline well, and within the course of earned the primary penalty nook of the match. But they failed to seek out the web.
Uttar Pradesh’s defence was typically caught off-guard however they one way or the other managed to avert any vital harm.
In the second quarter, Uttar Pradesh got here into their very own, attacking Maharashtra at will. They quickly earned their first nook and even scored the primary aim to go one-up.
The third quarter was probably the most thrilling, with as many as 4 objectives coming in, with Uttar Pradesh sounding the boards twice and Maharashtra as soon as.
Maharashtra, nonetheless, fought again to degree the scores and take it to the tie-breaker. Luck didn’t favour them, although within the tie-breaker.
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