The Indian team has overthrown the Japanese team 5-3 in their final Pool A game at the Tokyo Olympics as they proceed with their dramatic race to end second in Group A on Friday.
#TeamIndia finish the pool stage with another thumping win over Japan.
— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) July 30, 2021
Australia is at top of the table with 13 points they made in five games. The victory India gained against the hosting country was India’s third straight success at the Tokyo Games. Manpreet Singh’s team had thwarted the defending champions Argentina 3-1 on Thursday after beating Spain 3-0 following their huge 7-1 failure against the group toppers Australia.
India started with an early lead in the 13th minute of the game where Harmanpreet netted the opener converting the PC for his side while they performed on an attacking mode to earn the first Penalty Corner of the match. Four minutes later, India doubled the score when Gurjant converted Simranjeet’s pass without a mistake and made it 2-0 at 17th minute.
Two minutes into the 2-0 lead but it didn’t last long as Kenta Tanaka took advantage of the error in defence by the Blues and ruined the clean sheet for Sreejesh at the 19th minute followed by their early equaliser in the second half.
Three minutes after the Japanese equalised, Shamsher struck to put his side back on the lead with 2:3 followed by Nilakanta’s goal of Surender’s cross at the 51st minute.
It was the first penalty corner for the hosting nation but was denied with a great save by Sreejesh and the 55th minute after which, Gurjant doubled the score for him and scored a brace at 56′.
Japan then fought back and wired their third goal which was proposed for a Video Referral by Men in Blues but it was given however, this didn’t help them win over Indians and the match ended in favour for India with 5-3.