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Air India, Railways Knocked Out Of National Hockey

Bhopal, Jun 16:  In a major upset, favourites Air India and Railways were knocked out of the First National Senior Men's Hockey Championship here today with Karntaka defeating Air India by 2-1 and Jharkhand humbling

PTI [ Updated: June 17, 2011 10:50 IST ]
air india railways knocked out of national hockey
air india railways knocked out of national hockey

Bhopal, Jun 16:  In a major upset, favourites Air India and Railways were knocked out of the First National Senior Men's Hockey Championship here today with Karntaka defeating Air India by 2-1 and Jharkhand humbling Railways also by 2-1 in the quarter final matches.


Both Karnataka and Jharkhand have secured a berth in the semi-final while Punjab has already qualified for the penultimate match by defeating Bihar 9-0.

The last quarter final will be played between Haryana and Orissa tonight.

In the second quarter final played at the Aishbagh Stadium, when both Karnataka and Air India remained at 1-1 till the end of the play, the referee gave additional time for getting result in the match.

In the 75th minute, Karntaka's V Raghunath hit a golden goal to ensure his team's place in the semi-finals defeating the mighty Air India.

For Air India, Vikram Pillai converted a penalty stroke in the 31st minute to take an early lead in the match.

In the third Quarter Final, Jharkhand defeated Railways by 2-1 to secure a berth in the semi final.

Jharkhand's Ajitesh Rai converted a penalty corner into a goal in the 17th minute to take a lead in the match.

But Railways Sanjay Bir scored a beautiful field goal in the 32nd minute to level the score. Till half-time, both the teams remained at 1-1.

In the 60th minute, Jharkhand's Jitesh Toppo showed his might by scoring a field goal to humble Railways by 2-1 and to secure his team's place in the semifinal. PTI

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