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In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis

December 6, 2012, 5:27 pm
  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • India's endeavour to put the Olympics fiasco behind began with a win against World No. 4 England, after which they went on to beat New Zealand before losing to the World No. 1 Germany but going on to beat Belgium in the quarter-finals.
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  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • Captain Sardar Singh has been instrumental in the team's change in fortunes and played a pivotal role in the opening 3-1 win over England.
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  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • Gurvinder Singh Chandi has been in top form with his finishing skills and was on the scoresheet in the match against England to give India a winning start.
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  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • Danish Mujtaba, one of the few to survive from the London Olympics squad, has realised his responsibility, which reflected in his tap into the New Zealand goal that helped India win 4-2. Two in two preliminary wins perched India on top of the Pool A.
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  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • India have enjoyed vociferous support in Melbourne, lifting the spirits of a young Indian team that is without the likes of Sandeep Singh, Tushar Khandker, Shivendra Singh and Bharat Chetri.
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  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • Defender and team's vice captain VR Raghunath has raised his game a fair notches to strengthen India's wall at the back. He also contributed with a goal off a penalty corner in the game against the Black Sticks.
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  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • India's only loss in the road to the semi-finals came against a young German side that beat the Men in Blue with a close 3-2 scoreline. Tobias Matania scored two goals for the Germans.
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  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • Tobias Matania can be seen here scoring his second goal to bring Germany back from 1-2 down to win the match 3-2 and hand India their first defeat of the tournament.
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  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • Nithin Thimmaih, one of the new faces in the team, became the toast of the nation as he scored the only goal of the quarter-final against Belgium that put India into the semi-finals, giving them their first shot at a Champions Trophy medal since 1982.
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  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • Rupinder Pal Singh, VR Raghunath and goalkeeper PT Rao celebrate after the final hooter that sealed India's spot into the semis after the win over Belgium in the quarters.
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  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis
  • In pics: Indian hockey's road to the Champions Trophy semis