India beat China to win women’s hockey Asia Cup

India, ranked fourth in Asia, beat China 5-4 in shootout in the final to win the women’s hockey Asia Cup.

India won their biggest title in recent years as they completed a historic win over China in the women’s Hockey Asia Cup on Sunday. This was India’s second Asia Cup title win after they had beaten Japan in 2004 in New Delhi. Playing the final for the first time since 2009, India managed to hold off China 5-4 in shootout in the final in Kakamighara, Japan. India had defeated defending champions Japan 4-2 in the semi-final to make the final. The team had also beaten China 4-1 in the group stages.

Navjot Kaur gave India the lead in the second quarter through a field goal in the 25th minute before Tiantain Luo equalisied in the 47th minute. The match went to shootouts where India scored every goal while China missed one. The score was 1-1 after regular time and 5-4 in the shootout. Exactly an year ago, India had beaten China in the final of Asia Champions Trophy.

India won all their matches in the group stages as they beat Malaysia, Singapore and China. They remained unbeaten in the tournament.

The women’s team got a new coach six months back and Harendra Singh has breathed new life to the team. India had already qualified for the 2018 Women’s World Cup at the start of the tournament and this win will be a great addition to India’s CV.

Hockey: India outplay Malaysia 3-0 to win Sultan of Johor Cup


India sent out a warning to the hockey world for the forthcoming FIH Junior Men’s World Cup on Sunday when they outplayed hosts Malaysia 3-0 to win the 3rd Sultan of Johor Cup in style at Johor Bahru. India – who stayed unbeaten throughout the tournament – scored in the 22nd, 55th and 64th minute through Amon Tirkey, vice captain Affan Yousuf and skipper Manpreet Singh respectively. The visitors maintained high tempo throughout 70 minutes to disappoint the home crowd and go a step ahead from their second place-finish in the last edition of the tournament. The match was evenly poised at half-time when India led 1-0, but they put the match beyond Malaysia’s reach by scoring two more goals in the last 35 minutes.

India qualified for the final by finishing top of the league table with 13 points from four wins and a draw in five games. Hosts Malaysia too had 13 points but were behind India on goal difference. India had a goal difference of +11 and Malaysia +10. India beat England 2-1 to open their campaign, followed by wins against Argentina (3-2), Pakistan (4-0) and South Korea (6-1). India’s final league game against Malaysia ended in an exciting 3-3 draw. The team’s next big assignment will be at home in New Delhi this December when India hosts the FIH Junior Men’s World Cup.

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