As it happened: India 9-0 Japan

India made it three wins a row by beating Japan 9-0 with a dominant display in the Asian Champions Trophy Round Robin match on Sunday.

India came from 0-1 down to beat arch-rival Pakistan 3-1 in the second Round Robin match on Saturday.   -  PTI

India looks set for a top-four finish after defeating Japan 9-0 in the third Round Robin match of the Asian Champions Trophy on Sunday, at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman.

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  • FULL-TIME: India 9-0 Japan (Lalit 4', 45' Gurjant 8', Harmanpreet 17'(PS), 21', Akashdeep 36', Sumeet 42', Mandeep 49',56')
  • 56' Brilliant work by Mandeep to make it 9-0! Manpreet rushes out to the right edge of the circle to receive Jarmanpreet's pass and flashes a reverse hit across the goal, Mandeep shows lightning-quick reflexes to divert the ball into the net.
  • 52' Sumeet seemed to have scored another one, but the third umpire is consulted and the midfielder's rising hit is deemed as dangerous play. The score stays 8-0!
  • 51' Japan wins back-to-back penalty corners, but fail to capitalise on it.
  • 49' Mandeep gets the eighth goal! Harmanpreet does not go for the flick and passes it to the left side of the goal, Akashdeep's shot is saved by the goalkeeper but Mandeep latches on to the rebound to make it 8-0 for India.
  • 49' Dilpreet comes back from his suspension and wins a penalty corner!
  • End of third-quarter: India 7-0 (Lalit 4', 45' Gurjant 8', Harmanpreet 17'(PS), 21', Akashdeep 36', Sumeet 42')
  • 45' Lalit scores his second of the night just before the hooter! The attacker takes the ball on the edge of the circle and turns his marker to put the ball into the net. India 7-0
  • 42' Kothajit takes the shot, but Sumeet gets the glory! India 6-0. Kothajit takes the shot from the edge of the circle which Sumeet manages to get a little touch on his stick on its way into the goal.
  • 38' Dilpreet is shown the yellow card for a push on the opposition player, leaving India with a man short for the next ten minutes.
  • 36' Akashdeep makes it 5-0 for India! The forward enters the circle from the right side and has the Japanese defense scrambling before he dinks the ball past the goalkeeper at the near post.
  • 32' SAVED! Harmanpreet targets the left top corner with his dragflick, but the Japanese goalkeeper is up to the task and palms it away to safety.
  • 32' Dilpreet wins a penalty corner!
  • 31' Third-quarter starts!

        HALF-TIME: India 4-0 (Lalit 4', Gurjant 8', Harmanpreet 17'(PS), 21')

  • 26' Japan grows in confidence while attacking and make a couple of forays into the Indian cirlce. But the Indian defence remains composed to thwart any chance of a Japan goal.
  • 21' Harmanpreet scores from penalty corner. India 4-0! The defender places his drag flick into the left bottom corner which beats Japan's rear guard.
  • 21' India wins a penalty corner through a referral. Third one for the champion in this match.
  • 20' Green card for Sumeet. India down to ten men for the next two minutes.
  • 17' Harmanpreet scores from the spot! The defender places the ball into the bottom side of the goal. India 3-0
  • 17' Penalty stroke for India after the Manpreet's rebound hits the Japanese defender on the body.
  • 17' Second penalty corner awarded to India.
  • 16' India keeps the pressure as Manpreet goes close for the third time in the match.

         End of First-Quarter: India 2-0 (Lalit 4', Gurjant 8')

  • India maintains the pressure in the final fourth looking ominous every time its forwards enter the circle. Japan is desperately trying to cut out any loose ball.
  • 8' Gurjant scores! Harmanpreet's powerful dragflick hits the goalkeeper but Gurjant is lurking at the near post to poke the rebound into the net. India 2-0.
  • 8' First penalty corner of the day is awarded to India.
  • 4' GOAL INDIA! A swift counter attack leads to Akashdeep running into the vacant left flank and passing to Lalit inside the circle who deflects it into the net with a clever flick. India 1-0 Japan.
  • 1' India starts aggressively with Akashdeep going close in the second minute.
  • India coach Harendra Singh hands over defender Surender Kumar with a special jersey to celebrate his 100th international cap.

Starting Line-Up:

Harmanpreet Singh, Dilpreet, Jarmanpreet, Surender Kumar, Manpreet (c), Mandeep, Lalit Upadhyay, P.R. Sreejesh (GK), Nilakanta Sharma, Varun Kumar, Akashdeep

  • Defending champion India has started its title defence with a 11-0 thumping of host Oman.
  • World No. 5 India, the highest ranked Asian team in the tournament, then defeated arch-rival Pakistan 3-1 in the second match to stay in contention for the semis.