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Punjab beats Air India to emerge as champions

An own goal in the second minute of extra-time helped Punjab register a 2-1 victory over Air India and claim the second Hockey India Senior Men’s National championship title.

After a blank first-half, Punjab took the lead through Prabhdeep Singh in the 36th minute before Air India scored an equaliser a couple of minutes later when Vinaya Vokkaliga [38th min] converted a penalty corner.

With the regulation period ending in a 1-1 deadlock, the extra-time was enforced and in the second minute, Gurbaaj Singh’s hard hit from the right went into the goal off defender Joga Singh’s stick.

Earlier on the day, Karnataka beat defending champions champions Haryana 2-1 to finish third in the tournament. Karnataka scored once in each half through MB Aiyappa and skipper VR Raghunath.

While Aiyappa struck in the 24th minute from a goalmouth scramble following a left-wing move, Raghunath converted a penalty corner in the 41st minute.
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