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Asian Cup Hockey 2022: Resurgent India avenge group defeat, beat Japan 2-1 in Super 4 pool match

Asian Cup Hockey 2022: Indian men’s team defeated Japan 2-1 in its opening match of the Super4s stage in Jakarta on Saturday.

Asia Cup 2022: India beat Japan 2-1 in Super 4 pool match (Hockey India Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India beat Japan 2-1 in the opening match of the Super 4
  • Manjeet and Pawan Rajbhar scored for India in win over Japan
  • India’s second match is against Malaysia on Sunday

The Indian men’s hockey team came up with a disciplined performance to avenge their group defeat as they defeated Japan 2-1 in the opening match of the Super 4s stage of the Asia Cup in Jakarta on Saturday. Notably, Japan had hammered the defending champions 5-2 in the group stage earlier in the tournament but on Saturday, a resurgent Indian side came out on top.

Birendra Lakra-led Indian side took the lead in the first quarter itself when Manjeet scored a field goal in the seventh minute of the match. However, Japan equalized early in the second quarter as Niwa Takuma successfully converted a penalty corner in the 17th minute.

Pawan Rajbhar restored India’s lead in the third quarter via another field goal in the 34th minute and the men in blue managed to run down the clock to finish with a 2-1 win. In the other Super4s match of the day, Malaysia and Korea played a 2-2 draw.

India’s second match of the Super 4s stage is against Malaysia on Sunday.


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