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India, Japan at level 1-1 after 1st quarter

11 October 2017, 08:59 | Randall Craig

Courtesy Hockey India

India vs Japan Asia Cup Hockey 2017 Live streaming TV listings time date venue squads

Star Indian hockey player Harmanpreet Singh scored a brace in the game while SV Sunil, Lalit Upadhyay and Ramandeep Singh were also on the score sheet. "We can never take Japan to be an easy team", the India skipper said ahead of the match.

Indian Men's Hockey Team started off their Asia Cup 2017 campaign with a 5-1 win over Japan here at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium on Wednesday. Harmanpreet converted India's second penalty corner in the 35th minute before making it 5-1 with a fine variation from its third penalty corner.

This will be the fifth meeting between Pakistan and Bangladesh in Asia Cup.

He said that the tournament would help local players learn techniques from these goalkeepers."Our players are physically weak and they haven't been on worldwide tours". India and Japan were level 1-1 after the end of first quarter.

However, Japan were quick to equalize as they won the ball at the half-line, and scored through Kenji Kitazato in the fourth minute to make it 1-1. Meanwhile, he applauded the work of PHF to revive hockey in Pakistan.He congratulated the PHF for organising such a colorful tournament featuring 11 worldwide goalkeepers. India are grouped alongside Pakistan, Japan and Bangladesh in the mega event.

"The opening match is always challenging because we need to get over early nervousness and find our rhythm".

India, playing its first tournament under new coach Marijne Sjoerd, got off the blocks in the third minute when S.V. Sunil, after a fine one-two with Akashdeep Singh, pushed the ball into an open net.

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