India beat Japan 7-1 in the Asian Hockey 5 Women’s World Cup Qualifier
India beat Japan 7-1 in the Asian Hockey 5 Women’s World Cup Qualifier. Image source: IANS News
Salalah: August 26 (IANS) India scored a convincing 7-1 victory over Japan in their AFC Women’s Hockey World Cup qualifier league match here on Saturday.
Mahima Chowdhury (7th, 30th), Akshata Dhakali (8th), Marianna Kojur (12th), Jyoti (23rd), Monica Deby Topou (27th), Ajmeena Kogur (30th). ™) on goal for India. Risa Nakishi scored the only goal for Japan in the 9th minute.
India, gushing with confidence after winning their first match, started strongly from the get-go, with the in-form Mahima Chaudhary opening the scoring in the seventh minute of the match.
One minute later, India doubled its lead through Akshata Dekali (8 minutes), scoring a wonderful field goal. However, Japan narrowed the difference through Risa Nakishi (9). India quickly counterattacked and consolidated their lead through Mariana Kojur (12). At the end of the first half, India led Japan 3-1.
The two teams came out brilliant in the second half, and each made some dangerous moves in front of the other’s goal, but they failed to take advantage of the opportunities that were presented to them.
Jyoti made it 4-1 for India in the 23rd minute, while Monica Debbie Topo (27) scored three minutes before the end of the match, giving India a 5-1 lead.
Ajmeena Kojur (30min) and Mahima Choudhury (30min) added two more goals in the final two minutes as the Indian women’s hockey team won the match 7-1.
India will face Thailand in their next match on Sunday.
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