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India loses to Japan in penalty shootouts of the semi-finals at the 7th Junior Women’s Hockey Asia Cup played at China earlier today. It was an outstanding performance by both teams, but Japan held their nerves in a tense situation.
In the first half, India began with a surprise attack on Japanese side and very soon earned a penalty corner. Grace received the shot and hit it hard into the goal to score the first goal for India in the 4th minute. With a 1-0 lead, the Indian team managed to keep the pressure on their opponents and played most of their game in the Japanese half. Japan counter-attacked on the Indian side and after few attacks Japan earned a penalty corner but was well saved by the Indian goalkeeper. Japanese got another penalty corner into the 18th minute and Yuki Manao equaled the score at 1-1. In the 25th minute, Renuka Yadav entered into the Japanese half and scored the second goal for the team. The Indian team managed to control the match and maintain the same scoreline till the end of first half.
In the second half, both teams started with aggression as both teams stepped on the ground with their respective game plans. India earned a penalty corner but was not able to convert it. The next Japan counter attacked and earned a penalty corner but was well saved by the Indian goalkeeper. In the 57th minute, Hirahara entered into the Indian D and scored the second goal for the team. Both teams tried to attack from thereon but failed to grab the chances. At the end of regulation time, the score was 2- 2 and went the game went into the penalty shootout. In the penalty shootout from India’s side Navjot Kaur and Preeti Dubey scored goals. The Indian team lost the match 2-3.
India will play South Korea in the third-fourth playoffs tomorrow.