Defense saves the day for India against Japan as they finish 5th WHL semi-final in Belgium

Pavan Suresh / 04 July 2015

The Indian women’s hockey team beat Japan by 1-0 to finish 5th at the World Hockey League semi finals played at Anterwp, Belgium just few moments ago. It was a great performance by the Indian defense that saved the day and just sneaked in as Japan attackers had an awful day as far as finishing is concerned.

In the first quarter Japan played some excellent hockey but did not convert the chance into goals. On 12.21 minutes India ‘s Vandan Katra ran and hit a reverse flick , Rani struck the goal to give India 1-0 lead. At the end of first quarter India led 1-0.

In the second quarter Japan dominated the play. On 4.19 minute Japan earned a penalty corner but went wide off the goal post. Japan attacked more but India defense was very solid. In the last 23 seconds Japan earned another penalty corner but went wide off target. At the end of 2nd quarter India led 1-0.

 

In the third quarter the first attack came from India on 4.10 minutes but missed a chance to convert the goal. On 7.34 India asked for a review but the decision was reversed. Minutes after Japan earned another penalty corner but did not convert the goal. On 9.20 minute Japan earned another penalty corner but was well saved by the goalkeeper. Japan earned another penalty corner but was well saved again by Indian goalkeeper. At the end of 3rd quarter India led 1-0.

In the fourth quarter Japan made attacking moves but the Indian defense was solid. On 7.51 minutes Japan earned 2 penalty corners but did not convert. On 8.10 minutes Japan earned another penalty corner but was well saved by the goalkeeper and on 11.32 minutes Japan earned another penalty corner and again was well saved by the Indian goalkeeper. In the last 25 seconds Japan earned one more penalty corner but did not convert. At the end of match India won it 1-0.

With this win India has slim chance of qualifying to the Rio Olympics. 

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