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- September 28, 2023 19:53Summary:
Japan’s fight back in the form of two goals in the fourth quarter came very late as India were 4-0 up by then. Abhishek scored a brace for India, helping India take an early lead. India scored in every quarter, making it hard for the Japanese side to catch up.
- September 28, 2023 19:5060’ Japan scores its second goal. IND 4-2 JPN
Lalit attempts to score but Takashi scores. India asks for a review saying the ball deflects dangerously off Ken. The review gets denied. AND JAPAN COUNTER ATTACKS AS MASAKI PASSES TO RYOSEI, WHO TOMAHAWK’S THE BALL ABOVE SREEJESH! AND THE HOOTER IS SOUNDED. India wins 4-2 vs Japan!!!
- September 28, 2023 19:4558’
Harmanpreet Singh’s tackle gets the ball back to the Indian side.
- September 28, 2023 19:4456’- PC FOR JAPAN AND JAPAN SCORES!!!!
A counter-attack from the Japanese side leads to the ball touching the legs of Varun Kumar. Leading to two consecutive PC. Genki scores off deflection from Yamada.
- September 28, 2023 19:4054’- PC FOR JAPAN
Amit Rohidas’ deflection hits Vivek as Japan’s PC goes in vain as the dangerous ball is called out and India takes the ball.
- September 28, 2023 19:3853’ PC FOR JAPAN!
Sanjay mispasses the ball to the Japanese forward leading to a Japanese PC. Tanaka gets hit on the face as Sreejesh saves the attempt but a deviation hits the Japanese player on the face.
- September 28, 2023 19:3552’
Gurjant takes a shot but Takashi blocks it, which leads to the Japanese goalkeeper injuring his toe, which stopped the ball.
- September 28, 2023 19:3351’
Sukhjeet inside the Japanese D and attempts to take a shot by turning around as the Japanese defenders surround him and make it difficult for him to get his way out.
- September 28, 2023 19:3148’ INDIA SCORES FOURTH GOAL!
Sumit and Sanjay defend the ball from the Indian circle. Harmanpreet dribbles it to Mandeep’s stick, who further passes to Abhishek AND HE MAKES NO MISTAKE AND SCORES!!!!
- September 28, 2023 19:2847’
Sreejesh is back as he was in the second quarter. His instructions are clearly heard throughout the stadium.
- September 28, 2023 19:2645’ - END OF THIRD QUARTER
Kosei tries to pass it to Kato who fails it to make it count for Japan and Harmanpreet makes a dangerous play leading to a long corner for Japan.
- September 28, 2023 19:2142’
Japanese defence intercepts Indian attack inside the Japanese D, but take the ball as the Japanese defenders make their way outside the circle.
- September 28, 2023 19:2041’
Hardik tries to break away on the left flank with Japanese defenders surrounding him.
- September 28, 2023 19:1637’- GREEN CARD FOR INDIA
Green card for Manpreet as he rough tackles the Japanese attackers and will be out in the bench for two minutes.
- September 28, 2023 19:1334’- PC AND GOAL NO 3 for INDIA
Long pass by Hardik, pass by Sukhjeet and India gets a PC. Amit Rohidas takes it, Lalit gets a rebound but India gets yet another PC. This time Rohidas makes it count for the second time.
- September 28, 2023 19:0931’
Japan has ball position and is attacking from the right, now they go back to the centre-line and now is trying to penetrate into the Indian D via the left flank.
- September 28, 2023 18:5830’- HALF-TIME: India 2-0 Japan
Shota is back after limping off as he took a blow to his knee courtesy Harmanpreet. Half-time score sees India taking a 2-0 lead against Japan.
- September 28, 2023 18:5627’
India tries to attack from the right flank, but no luck that side.
- September 28, 2023 18:5324’ PC
India gets a PC, an attempt to make it 3-0 but a difference in tactic of back passing instead of drag flicking did not help India score a goal as Japanese defenders push the ball out.
- September 28, 2023 18:4924’ INDIA SCORES SECOND GOAL!!!!
Indians misses a fair chance to attack. AND INDIA MAKES IT COUNT AS MANDEEP CONVERTS NILKANTA’S FLICK PASS FROM OUTSIDE THE CIRCLE INTO A GOAL!!!!
- September 28, 2023 18:4520’- YELLOW CARD FOR JAPAN
Ken also seems injured. Yellow card is given to the Japanese captain Masaki. This means the Japanese side would have only 10 players on the field for 5 minutes.
- September 28, 2023 18:4218’
In an attempt to dribble, Harmanpreet fails to counter-attack Japan.
- September 28, 2023 18:4117’
Both the teams intercept each other, and Japan takes the ball as Raiki scoops inside the Indian D. However, the ball is cleared away from the D.
- September 28, 2023 18:3715’ FIRST QUARTER ENDS
Takashi stops an Indian attempt to score a goal and there goes the hooter as the first quarter ends.
- September 28, 2023 18:3414’- Injury for Japan’s Shota as India takes PC
Shota is seen limping off after being a first rusher for Japan while India takes another PC. However, the ball was seen as dangerous, due to which India does not take its fourth PC against Japan.
- September 28, 2023 18:3213’ - PC for India AND ITS A GOAL!!!!
Reverse stick goal by Abhishek as the ball is passed to him from outside the Japanese circle.
- September 28, 2023 18:3012’
A dangerous play by Indians within the Indian circle, making it a PC for Japan. Japan fails to convert as the ball is flicked wide off the post.
- September 28, 2023 18:2610’
Tanaka trying to pass to Kentaro but it is intercepted near the Indian circle. And India out of danger for now.
- September 28, 2023 18:258’
Manpreet goes down the left side trying to attack.
- September 28, 2023 18:215’ - India gets first PC of match
Gurjant earns India its first Penalty Corner of the match as he turns to catch the Japanese defender by surprise. Hardik to inject, Harmanpreet to flick. The ball goes wide off the post.
- September 28, 2023 18:204’
Sukhjeet near the post as Jarmanpreet gets the scoop and enters the Japanese circle, however, is unable to score a goal.
- September 28, 2023 18:183’
Gurjant tries to make into the Japanese circle but an infringement as the ball hits the Japanese defenders leg.
- September 28, 2023 18:161’
India starts. Jarmanpreet is unable to trap the ball, but makes a good attempt in the right flank nearing the Japanese D.
- September 28, 2023 18:14AND IT BEGINS!
The two national anthems are being played and the stage is set.
- September 28, 2023 18:01Head-to-head record- India vs Japan
The two teams have met 35 times, in which India have won 28 times, Japan have won thrice, and four games have ended in a draw.
- September 28, 2023 17:54STARTING XI IS OUT!
- September 28, 2023 17:38PREVIEW
The Indian men’s hockey team has been on a stellar run at the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022, having won their first two games with big margins. India defeated Uzbekistan 16-0 in their opening Pool A contest last week, and on Tuesday the side led by Harmanpreet Singh picked up their second consecutive victory, defeating Singapore 16-1.
India will gear up for perhaps their toughest challenge yet in the competition, as they take on the 2018 Asian Games Gold medallist Japan on Thursday.
Indian captain Harmanpreet Singh, who scored four goals against Singapore, said, “We are aware of the level of competition that we will face tomorrow. Japan have a strong unit and we are familiar with their strengths and weaknesses. We have to focus on our own style of play, but we have to also be ready to switch tactics as and when needed on the field to get a good result.”
Japan has also been unbeaten so far in the Games, defeating Bangladesh 7-2 in their first Pool A match, and then followed it up with a 10-1 win over Uzbekistan in their second game.
“Japan have plenty of goalscorers in their team, and hence our defence needs to be strong to tackle their attacking movements,” Harmanpreet said, before adding, “We have to constantly be aware of their movements, especially when we are out of possession, so that we can close the gaps on time, and do not allow them to dictate the pace of the game. It will be an interesting contest and we are all ready for it.”
India’s last meeting against Japan was in the semifinal of the Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023 last month, which India won 5-0. India also recorded a 1-1 draw against Japan in the same tournament in the Pool match.
Indian team vice-captain Hardik Singh said, “We have played against Japan recently, which gives us confidence going into the match. But at the same time, they have also seen our style of play quite recently, so they will also come up with strategies to counter the same. Hence, we expect it to be a close contest. If we make correct decisions on the field, we will get a positive result from the game.”
- September 28, 2023 17:25What happened the last time the two teams played each other?
The last time the two teams faced each other was at the Asian Champions Trophy Chennai 2023 semifinals, where India defeated Japan 5-0.
- September 28, 2023 17:16When and where to watch India vs Japan Asian Games match?
The India vs Japan Asian Games match, which will take place at 6:15 PM IST on September 28, will be telecasted live on Sony Sports Network and Live stream on Sony Liv
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