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Saturday December 7, 2013 MYT 12:09:00 AM
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by s. ramaguru
NEW DELHI: European champions Belgium underlined their title credentials with a 3-1 win over defending champions Germany in the opening Group A match of the Junior World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium on Friday.
Maxime Capelle put the Belgians ahead in the 30th minute before Arthur van Doren added the second in the 45th minute.
The Germans reduced the deficit with a penalty corner goal through Mathew Cobbaert in the 62nd minute but Alexander Schollkopf restored Belgium’s two-goal lead with a third goal in the 70th minute for a famous win.
In Group B, Australia overcame Argentina 5-2 in a clash between two former champions.
Australia, winners in 1997, were in full control of the match and made the better use of their chances. They had 19 shots at goal compared to Argentina’s 10.
Three quick goals in succession by the Australians set the tone for the game.
It started in the 14th minute with Justin Douglas scoring a field goal. Two minutes later Frank Main was on target followed by skipper Daniel Beale a minute later.
Argentina, champions in 2005, managed to reduce the deficit in the 31st minute through Joaquin Leonel Coelho.
Jeremy Hayward then made it 4-1 for Australia with a penalty corner goal in the 42nd minute.
The Kookaburras scored their fifth goal in the 49th minute through Casey Hammond.
But credit to the Argentines for not giving up. Their perserverance paid off with a penalty corner goal by Gonzalo Peillat in the 64th minute.
In the first match of the day, South Korea got their campaign off to a cracking start with a thrilling 7-4 win over Canada in Group C.
South Korea scored through Seo In-wo (2nd, 16th, 37th), You Seung-ju (7th, 31st, 42nd) and You Min-young (47th).
Canada replied through Vikramjeet Sandhu (22nd), Gordon Johnson (52nd), Jannu Mahal (58th) and Oliver Scholfield (59th).
Today, South Korea meet Holland while Canada face a do-or-die mission against hosts India.
In the other Group D match, South Africa got off to a 2-1 win over England, while hosts India narrowly lost their match against Holland 2-3 in Group C.
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