The Indian males’s hockey workforce scored two incredible area targets to beat Japan 2-1 in its first Super Four league match and avenge its loss within the pool stage of the Asia Cup right here on Saturday.
The defending champions, who misplaced 2-5 towards Japan within the pool stage, scored two eye-catching area targets by Manjeet (eighth minute) and Pawan Rajbhar (35th) to register a slim win.
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Japan’s lone aim got here from a penalty nook by Takuma Niwa within the 18th minute.
Japan threatened India initially and secured a penalty nook as early as within the opening minute however the Indians thwarted the hazard.
The Indians grew in confidence and bought their footing because the match progressed.
It was a second of brilliance from Manjeet that handed India the lead. He made a superb solo run down the left flank after receiving a move from Pawan Rajbhar and used 3D abilities to perfection to beat Takashi Yoshikawa beneath the Japanese bar.
Maninder Singh earned India a penalty nook within the 13th minute however Nilam Sanjeep Xess’ effort was saved by the Japanese defence.
As was the case within the first quarter, the Japanese began the second 15 minutes on a promising be aware and secured a penalty nook within the 18th minute from which Takuma Niwas scored from a rebound after Ken Nagayoshi’s preliminary flick was saved by Indian goalkeeper Karkera.
Pepped up by the aim, Japan continued to place stress on the Indian defence and earned two extra penalty corners, which the Indian defence stored at bay.
Minutes later, Karthi Selvam missed a golden probability as he didn’t get previous Japanese goalie Yoshikawa from one-one-one state of affairs.
Rajbhar restored India’s lead 5 minutes into the second half, slotting dwelling from shut vary after being arrange by Uttam Singh’s good stick work.
Five minutes later, India conceded one other penalty nook however the Japanese didn’t capitalise on the prospect.
Trailing by a aim, the Japanese mounted relentless stress on the Indian citadel however the Birendra Lakra-led backline stood agency to maintain their lead intact.
Just three minutes from the ultimate hooter, Japan secured a penalty nook however the Indians defended in numbers to register the win.
India will play Malaysia of their subsequent Super Four stage match on Sunday.
Meanwhile, within the different Super Four match of the day, South Korea and Malaysia performed out a 2-2 draw.
In the Super 4s, India, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia will play one another as soon as with the highest two groups progressing to the ultimate.
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