The Indian men’s hockey team registered their second victory at the ongoing Junior Asia Cup Hockey with a 3-1 victory over Japan in Salalah, Oman on Thursday.
After falling behind at the start, the squad rallied ahead with three goals to finish with a comfortable win in their second Pool A game, marking their second victory in as many games at the tournament.
Despite making an offensive start and aiming to open up the scoreboard at first, India fell behind when Kumpei Yasuda marked the first goal of the match for Japan at the 19th-minute mark.
Nonetheless, the Men in Blue found their equalizer in the 36th minute when Araijeet Singh Hundal found the back of the let to make the scoreline 1-1. Having their much-needed equalizer, India went into the offensive once again and at the end of a series of penalty corners, it was Sharda Nand Tiwari who put the team into the lead just three minutes later.
The final quarter of the match saw India on the front foot once again, and their third score of the night came courtesy of the skipper Uttam Singh from another penalty corner in the 56th minute.
India’s next match will take place against Pakistan on 27th May, followed by their last pool game against Thailand on the 28th.
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