A very interesting and exciting final day of hockey competitions here at Khelo India Youth Games 2020 saw UP and Haryana win gold in the U21 Boys and U21 Girls competitions after winning. won in their last match at Maulana Md.Tayabullah Hockey Stadium.
In the U21 Boys category, Uttar Pradesh defeated Haryana 3-1 in a penalty shootout after the two previous teams had played with the specified time without goals. Meanwhile, the U21 Girls category saw Haryana beat Jharkhand 5-3 in a high ratio encounter, witnessing three times after equalization, only conceding twice in the last nine minutes.
The bronze medal in the men’s U21 category of Khelo India Games 2020 was won by Odisha, who defeated Chandigarh 3-1 in a penalty shootout after a normal time with a high score when they saw the two teams draw 5 -5. In the U21 Girls category, Maharashtra broke Mizoram’s heart when they won with a single goal.
The U21 men’s hockey final in Khelo India Games 2020 proved to be a tactical master from both coaches, who tried to avoid repeating the previous match at Pool B that Haryana won 3- 2. However, on the big day, both teams tried to cut down on the number of rounds penetration and were successful in doing so when the game ended with a score of 0-0.
The final match was decided in a penalty shootout, where Uttar Pradesh prevailed when Vishnu Kant Singh, Uttam Singh and Gopi Kumar Sonkar converted their chances, with their goalkeepers Pawan refusing Abhishek, Mohit and Pankaj Jr opponent to help his team win 3-1 win in penalty shootout, and gold medal.
Meanwhile, the U21 Girls Finals were the opposite, when both Haryana and Jharkhand were playing offensive hockey, scoring a total of 8 goals between them. Haryana himself prevailed with a 5-3 victory, but Jharkhand gave them a tough, balanced match three times in the match, before conceding a fourth and fifth goal.
The goals for Haryana in their gold medal victory were recorded by captain Gagandeep Kaur (24 ‘, 59’), Reetom Prakash (13 ‘), Mahima Choudhary (46’) and Usha (51 ‘), while Albela Rani Toppo (21 ‘, 33’) and Sangita Kumari (48 ‘) scored goals for Jharkhand.