Asian Games 2018: India women hockey group clinch silver medal

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India women hockey team went down 1-2 to Japan in the last of the 18th Asian Games to extend wait for a gold medal.

By: Sports Desk|Updated: August 31, 2018 03:35 PM

India’s objective and aspirations of coming back with two gold medals from Asian Games was already dealt a blow on Thursday with the males losing to Malaysia. With goals from Minami Shimizu and Motomi Kawamura, Japan produced an undaunted display screen of attacking hockey when needed and shut the door in the last quarter with India trailing.

With the silver medal, India females’s hockey team’s wait for a gold medal at Asian Games continues with the last top reward being available in 1982 in New Delhi. However, the silver is an upgrade from bronze medal at the Incheon Asian Games in 2014 and reproduces the second-place in 1998.

Positioned 5 positions above Japan in the hockey rankings, India were thought about to be favourites and end their await the gold medal. Japan provided India little space to breathe and play comfy hockey that has seen the Rani Rampal led side rating 39 goals. In the final, however, Japan were physically and psychologically better than their Indian rivals and as the clock ticked down in the last quarter, it revealed with India’s attack. Where one gamer would take time with a long corner hence misusing that assaulting chance, another would be indecisive with a pass to let go of the ball. Besides the hesitency, discipline didn’t assist either. Yellow card for Monika in the closing phases lowered India to 10 gamers to even more injure the already bleak chances at getting an equaliser.

In the very first quarter, Minami Shimizu scored to give Japan the lead not long after India could not make the most of their penalty corner. With Japan’s PC, Shimizu deflected the ball into the roofing of the web to give India’s goalkeeper Savita no chance of conserving that.

India didn’t release and built on the attack. When Navneet’s reverse flick throughout was guided into the goal by Neha Goyal to get the equaliser, the dividends paid off in the 25th minute. When the hooter went for half time, that’s how the rating remained.

Both groups required time in getting their bearings right after the break. But it was Japan who took the lead with skipeer Motomi Kawumara scoring what ended up being the winner. In a cool bit of variation on a penalty corner, Kawumara scored in the 44th minute after no India player was discovered on the goal post.

In the final quarter, India looked and pressed for the equaliser but to no avail. With 15 seconds to go, India had a desperate effort to get the 2nd however the ball averted two India sticks as Japan commemorated minutes later on.