Mumbai: Odisha and Haryana won their respective Pool B matches in the under-21 men’s category to advance to the semifinals of the Khelo India Youth Games here, Friday.
Haryana produced an emphatic 6-1 win over hosts Maharashtra to secure their qualification to the last four stage as they finished the pool stages with a tally of six points from three matches, a media release issued by Hockey India (HI) said.
In the other Pool B match, it was Odisha, who maintained their 100 per cent record as they defeated Jharkhand 2-1 to top their pool with a tally of nine points.
A brace from Odisha’s Shilanand Lakra in the ninth and 35th minutes saw him put his team into a commanding position, while Jharkhand’s only goal of the match came in the 39th minute through Ashim Tirkey.
In their semifinal encounter January 13, Odisha will face Uttar Pradesh for a place in the title round of the tournament.
Semifinal matches of the under-17 men’s competition will be played Sunday, where Odisha will take on Punjab, while Uttar Pradesh will be up against Haryana, the release added.