Free-flowing India too much for the 2018 Hockey Asian Games Champion Japan to handle.
India’s journey to clinch its third Asian Champions Trophy has continued in some style, as a 9-0 thrashing of Japan in the third match of the Asian elite competition.
Needing less than four minutes to claim first blood, the reigning champion steamed into the lead with a well taken strike from Lalit Upadhyay. Not content with one, Gurjant doubled the advantage four minutes later, having hounded Harmanpreet Singh’s in the box before wrapping the rebound shot into the net.
Despite a slight lull after taking a commanding early lead, India continued to show their control over the match. Switching off at the back, the defence recovered well with Japan defence to deny their forwards, who couldnâ€™t pull out a better finish.
Not taking their foot off the throttle
Having netted their third just after the first quarter, the India only needed two minutes to further their advantage after the change of ends. Smothering the Japan in the box, it was again India’s potent attack that proved too much, as Harmanpreet SinghÂ calmly slotted to the goalkeeper’s right and finishes with flawless execution to give 3-0 lead.
Four minutes later, Hermanpreet’s effort enough to leave the net rippling again as he claimed second goal of the game to put India in a promising position heading into the break.
Their romp was far from over as Akashdeep added a fifth in the 36th minute,Â Kothajit then opened his scoring account for India with a powerful shotÂ that finds it’s way home via a deflection.Â Despite their lead India weren’t looking to finish just yet, and the visitors allowed them to open their goalscoring account with Lalit Upadhyay scoring his second goal of the game to take the goal tally to 7 before the quarter 3.
Looking for more
Despite steamrolling their opponents India weren’t looking to show or give any mercy for Siegfried Aikman’s â€‹side, and they had perfectly legitimate chances to add a eighth and ninth.
The first came in the 71st minute as India’sÂ variation on the PC pays off with Mandep Singh scores off his second attempt after initial shot was blocked,
The final opportunity arrived in the 57th minute as another poor attack from Japan resulted in another break from India with the blistering pace of Manpreet Singh, he played a ball into the far post where Mandeep Singh was waiting who deflects it in to ensure Team India have scored in every quarter.
It was a devastating performance from India, one which is bound to send out a message to the rest of the competition.
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Source: Matchday Frolics