Hockey Asia Cup 2017, India vs Japan: Ind beat Jap 5-1 in the opening match, Harmanpreet Singh scores double

By: | Updated: October 11, 2017 4:29 PM

Hockey Asia Cup 2017: The Indian hockey team will start its Asia Cup 2017 campaign against Japan at Dhaka with an aim to retain its numero uno status in Asian hockey under the newly-appointed coach Sjoerd Marijne.

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The Indian hockey team will start its Asia Cup 2017 campaign against Japan in Dhaka with an aim to retain its numero uno status in Asian hockey under the newly-appointed coach Sjoerd Marijne. The 43-year-old Marijne recently replaced Roelant Oltmans as the head coach of the Indian hockey team. Last edition’s runner-up India, led by midfielder Manpreet Singh, will be eyeing a perfect start to their campaign in Pool A which also features arch-rivals Pakistan and hosts Bangladesh. In Pool B, we have the defending champions Korea, Malaysia, China, and minnows Oman. Ranked number 6 in the world, India would be hoping for a positive start in the tournament. Arch-rivals Pakistan, on the other hand, are placed at number 14. Indian squad is a good mixture of youth and experience. Goalkeepers Akash Chikte and Suraj Karkera retained their spots whereas defenders Harmanpreet Singh and Surender Kumar make a return after being rested for the Europe Tour. The tournament will also witness the return of seasoned pros like former skipper Sardar Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Satbir Singh and SV Sunil, who has been named the vice-captain.

Here are India vs Japan Hockey Asia Cup 2017:

4:18 pm: India beat Japan 5-1 in the opening match, Harmanpreet scores double

4:17 pm: And now India concedes a penalty corner (PC), and a good save by Chikte. One more PC awarded to Japan.  India on counter but could not do anything of the attack.

4:14 pm: Another PC for India, Sardar Singh with the injection, Harmanpreet could not convert. Another PC for India, nice save by Shimoto.

4:12 pm: In the 1932 Olympics when Dhayanchand’s India played in Los Angeles against Japan, India defeated Japan 11-1

4:05 pm: Ramandeep catches a cramp and he is off. An interesting fact is Japan has never defeated India in the Asia Cup. So far India has continued its domination with 5-1 lead.

4:03 pm: Great save by Indian goalkeeper, Akash Chikte. Umpire asks for review, Referral for a stick touch to Jap striker or not and it is a long corner.

3:59 pm: India have their 3rd PC. And Harmanpreet is ready to flick.

It’s 5-1. Manpreet Singh engineers it and Harmanpreet flicks it in. Harmanpreet’s 2nd goal of the match. INDIA LEAD 5-1

3:54 pm: End of the 3rd quarter as India have a comfortable 4-1 lead. India have dominated and missed at least three sure shot goals. More goals, more confidence should be the mantra

3:50 pm: The Japanese players are struggling, they look tired.

3:49 pm: India is playing 3-4-3 formation and has used it in their favour. Sardar Singh’s role as a free man has worked in their favour so far.

3:48 pm: On the line save by Dani Mitsu. SV Sunil had flicked the ball past the Jap’s keeper but the defender keeps it off the goal.

3:43 pm: India get their 2nd PC of the match. Harmanpreet is there.

AND IT’S 4-1. India pushing hard for the goals now. Want to make the issue safe. Harmanreet gets his first PC goal of the match

3:40 pm: Slight confusion about the goal. Ramandeep’s strike happened so fast that the Japanese probably thought the ball tore through the side net. Video umpire confirming the goal.

India lead 3-1 in the 3rd quarter.

3:35 pm: Half Time 2-1.

3:28 pm: And that’s the end of the 2nd quarter. India lead 2-1. But the lead could easily have been more. With the midfield moving up, it’s the forwards who need to be steady with their shooting prowess.

3:19 pm: A perfect show of team work by India. The transition from attacking formaton to defensive one is smooth. An that was close, a great drag flick by Harmanpreet in the box, an Indian man was left unchecked and great save by Jap’s goalkeeper.

Watch| SV Sunil’s goal.

3:14 pm: Perfect trap by Lalit off a high ball from the Indian mmidfield Swings inside, almost 300 degress and the reverse beats the Japanese goalkeeper. India lead 2-1.

3:06 pm: Second quarter starts. India as been continously attacking and testing the Jap’s defence but so far have not been able to convert the chances. Score: 1-1

3:04 pm: Story of the first quarter is SV Sunil opened the scoring for India with a counter attack but soon the score was leveled by a defensive lapse from India. Kenji Kitazato the opportunist hit the ball hard past the Indian goalkeeper.

2:59 pm: Great opportunity for Akashdeep. But the reverse hit flies over the Jap goal.

2:51 pm: India has started really well so far, a good link up between the Indian forwards. What they lack is a finishing touch to their spectacular moves.

2:48 pm: Goal for Ind, SV Sunil scores on fierce counter attack, but Japan hits back hard

2:39 pm: Both India and Japan paly 4-3-3 formation. Harmanpreet is leading the drag-flickers department for India.

2:30 pm: The Indian team has entered the ground and warm up is underway.

2:25 PM: Let us get to know a little about the Indian players.

2:20 PM: This is the starting line up for India.

1:42 PM: The Asia Cup will be India’s only international outing before the Hockey World League Final to be held in Bhubaneswar at the end of this year.

1:15 PM: “We have seen how they play and they are definitely one of the fastest improving sides in Asia. We can never take Japan to be an easy team,” the India skipper said ahead of the match.

12:46 PM: These two teams came head to head last time in the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup earlier this year when India won the game 4-3.

Here is the Indian squad for Hockey Asia Cup 2017:

Goalkeepers: Akash Chikte, Suraj Karkera

Defenders: Dipsan Tirkey, Kothajit Khadangbam, Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar

Midfielders: SK Uthappa, Sardar Singh, Manpreet Singh (captain), Chinglensana Kangujam, Sumit

Forwards: S.V. Sunil (vice-captain), Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Lalit Kumar, Gurjant Singh, Satbir Singh

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