Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Asia Cup 2017: India men's hockey team beat Japan 5-1

Asia Cup 2017: India men's hockey team beat Japan 5-1

However, Japan, who suffered in all five matches during their campaign of Hockey World League semifinal round, were rendered helpless against India - the world's sixth-ranked side, who controlled the game nicely and scored one after another goal to leave the field with their heads held high. In the next minute, Harmanpreet then led the team with example and converted a goal from penalty corner.

GOAL! India's celebration was halted soon after they scored their first goal. Sunil, Ramandeep Singh, Lalit and Harmanpreet (two goals) were the scorers for India.

Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 7-nil in the first Pool match of Asia Cup Hockey in Dhaka today.

This will be the fifth meeting between Pakistan and Bangladesh in Asia Cup. Kenji Kitazato scored an equaliser in the very next minute for Japan.

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Hero Asia Cup 2017 is one of the premier hockey tournaments globally and is a much sought-after competition that promises great entertainment. India did not let Japan make a comeback into the game and kept the possession to end the third quarter with the same score-line.

"The first match is always hard as the players need time to settle down". India are grouped alongside Pakistan, Japan and Bangladesh in the mega event. "We can say now that the junior team is capable of playing modern day hockey as they utilised their time to learn many things in Australia", Irfan said.

It was newly appointed coach Sjoerd Marijne's first test after Roelant Oltmans was sacked just before the tournament and he got the desired result.

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