India v Japan: Asia Cup Hockey: Indian women beat defending champions Japan 4-2 to make final | Hockey News
NEW DELHI: The Indian girls’s group has reached the ultimate of the 2017 Asia Cup, beating hosts and defending champions Japan Four-2 in a intently contested semi-final in Kakamgigahara on Friday to arrange a rematch of the 2009 summit conflict in opposition to China.
Objectives from Gurjit Kaur (seventh, ninth minutes), Navjot Kaur (ninth) and Lalremsiami (38th) underlined India’s victory, which took them to a fourth Asia Cup closing; India gained the title in 2004 and completed runners-up in 1999 and 2009.
Rani Rampal’s group will face China within the closing on Sunday, November 5 – having crushed them Four-1 within the league stage only a few days in the past.
Not surprisingly, given her very good type, it was Gurjit who gave India their first aim by changing a penalty nook within the seventh minute. Within the ninth minute, that scoreline grew to become 2-Zero as Navjot added a advantageous area aim and Gurjit slotted in her second aim of the match. Japan didn’t sit idle for lengthy, nonetheless, and recovered to make it 2-Three at half-time. Shiho Tsuji opened Japan’s account within the 17th minute, and 11 minutes later a area aim from Yui Ishibashi left the house followers cheering.
The third quarter noticed Lalremsiami rating her first aim of the match to place India forward Four-2, and the defenders did nicely to maintain the Japanese at bay thereon.
India entered the knockout stage of the match following wins over Singapore 10-Zero, China Four-1 and Malaysia 2-Zero to prime their pool, and on Thursday defeated Kazakhstan 7-1 within the quarter-final.
India’s opponents in Sunday’s closing, China, are two-time winners of the Asia Cup in 1989 and 2009. Within the 2009 closing, China beat India 5-Three. The winner of this 12 months’s version will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in England.