Asia Cup Hockey: Harmanpreet Singh Brace Wins The Game For India

The Indian juniors made a strong comeback to win the match 2-1 after conceding a late goal in the first half against Japan.

Harmanpreet Singh (L) and Harjeet Singh (R)

Harmanpreet Singh (L) and Harjeet Singh (R)

The opening minute of the game spelled bad news for the Indian team as captain Harjeet Singh received a yellow card and the Indian team had to manage with 10 men. The shortage of a man in the field was overcome by the Indian team sticking to their basics, but minutes before the half-time Japan struck from a penalty-corner and took the lead causing trouble for the Indian team.

India was quick to bounce back and leveled the score-line before the Japanese could re-group and settle themselves on the defensive. Japan later missed an opportunity, or rather Indian goalkeeper Suraj Karkera kept Japan from taking the lead again with a clinical save from a penalty corner in the concluding minutes of the first half.

Having already scored the first goal for India, Harmanpreet Singh made no errors in putting the ball in the net from the penalty corner in the second half. This gave India the lead in the game which they maintained till the end resulting in a victory for the Indian juniors in their opening match at the Junior Asia Cup Hockey.

India will next face Malaysia in the Pool A fixture on the 15th November.

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