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Bhopal to clash with Mumbai in final today

BHOPAL WILL take on Mumbai in the final of the West Zone Hockey Tournament, to be played in Mumbai on Tuesday. Bhopal defeated Chhattisgarh 6-1.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 14:55 IST

BHOPAL WILL take on Mumbai in the final of the West Zone Hockey Tournament, to be played in Mumbai on Tuesday. Bhopal defeated Chhattisgarh 6-1.

In the semifinal match played today, Bhopal players maintained their winning spree against Chhattisgarh. Proving veteran wrong that Chhattisgarh team will have an upper hand, Bhopal team players never allowed the opponents to dominate in any part of the game.

Like in two earlier matches, Sameer Dad in this match also scored the first goal. He scored first goal of the match through penalty corner in the third minute of the game.  This was the third time in a row when he scored the first goal for the team.

Responding quickly, Chhattisgarh team got a penalty corner but the strong defence of Bhopal foiled the attack. The defenders not only saved the goal but also sent the ball to Sameer Dad who scored second goal of the match.
Meharajuddin improved the score by scoring third goal of the match in the 18th minute. Fardan-Rehman netted the fourth goal of the match just three minutes before the first half.

The second half began with the changed strategy of Chhattisgarh team. The team started the attack from the right flank but the strong defence, once again, came in the way of Chhattisgarh. However, the team managed to open its account. But the Bhopal team that had shown its intention of registering win cemented the victory by scoring two more goals in this half. Bhopal won the match 6-1.  

Record set, 44 goals in four matches
MAKING A record in the West Zone Hockey Tournament, Bhopal team scored 44 goals in four matches, including the semifinal.

It is one of the best ever record for Bhopal team in any tournament. Senior Bhopal hockey players and coaches expect the team to  repeat the history by winning the tournament. “We are playing well and expect to win the tournament,” said former Olympian Jalaluddin.