The Indian hockey team is up against European giants Germany in the semi-final stage. Tonight’s winner will secure a place in the final of the FIH Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup.

It will be a tough encounter against the European giants with some causes for concern for Graham Reid. The biggest concern will be maintaining a good run of form on the pitch as India showed resilience against Belgium, defeating them 1-0 in the previous match. A much better showing will be needed when they take to the pitch against the Germans who beat Spain on penalties to get here. India will again rely on a strong defensive performance and will hope to score more goals going forward.

7:00 PM Hello and welcome to Khel Now’s live updates of the FIH Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup 2021.

The FIH Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup 2021 is taking place at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. Tokyo Olympics medalist Vivek Sagar Prasad is leading the title defence of India in the tournament. India is only the second team to win multiple titles in the competition with the first one being Germany.

All the teams in the FIH Men’s Junior Hockey World Cup 2021 are divided into four groups -Pool A, Pool B, Pool C and Pool D – with four teams each. They will each play three pool matches, with the top two from each pool progressing to the quarter-finals of the tournament. The first and second-placed teams from Pool A and Pool B will face each other in the last eight. And the third and fourth teams will play each in the classification rounds for their tournament placements. The Indian team is in Pool B and will face Poland, Canada and France for the pool stage matches. 

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