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Asian Champions Trophy 2021 Highlights: India suffer 3-5 defeat in semis, to face Pakistan for bronze medal

India Vs Japan Asian Champions Trophy 2021 Hockey Semi-final Highlights: Follow action from the semi-final match between India and Japan in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
 India start as overwhelming favourites against Japan in semifinal
 India start as overwhelming favourites against Japan in semifinal

Defending champions India on Tuesday suffered a 3-5 defeat against Japan in the semi-final the Asian Champions Trophy men’s hockey tournament. Japan started off with a flurry of attacks and penalty corner before gaining a two-goal cushion. The Indians fought back with a goal at the start of the second quarter but a penalty stroke towards the end helped Japan maintain the two-goal lead. Later, a defensive lapse from the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists led to the fourth goal before Japan made it 5-1 towards the end of the third quarter. The intense fourth quarter was headlined by Harmanpreet Singh, who scored one to reduce the deficit. A PC rebound helped India to net one more goal but their unbeaten run ended with the loss versus Japan. India will now face Pakistan for the bronze. ...Read More

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Dec 21, 2021 7:27 PM IST

India vs Pakistan in the battle for bronze

Dec 21, 2021 7:26 PM IST

‘We still have a match to play’

"We can't underestimate any team here but we still have a match to play," says India skipper Manpreet Singh.

Dec 21, 2021 7:26 PM IST

Remarkable turnaround

India had outplayed Japan 6-0 in the round-robin league, and Japan have avenged the defeat with an impressive performance.

Dec 21, 2021 7:20 PM IST

India 3-5 Japan

India suffer 3-5 defeat in semis against Japan, and are now set to face Pakistan for the bronze medal. Japan were sharp on the field and the scoreline reflects their style of play. A PC rebound helped India to net one more goal but their unbeaten run has ended with the loss versus Japan.

Dec 21, 2021 7:14 PM IST

Consecutive PCs for India

India earn back-to-back penalty corners but fail to convert them. Just minutes to go before the final whistle.

Dec 21, 2021 7:07 PM IST

GOAL! India 2-5 Japan

India finally get one under their belt! Harmanpreet converts the PC and India now have around six more minutes to add a few more.

Dec 21, 2021 7:05 PM IST

Penalty corner for India

Just over seven minutes to go and India has got a PC!

Dec 21, 2021 6:58 PM IST

End of third quarter

What a turnaround. After being thrashed 0-6 by the Indians in the round-robin stage, Japan have stunned the favourites here. Unbelievable scenes as this could be an upset for the ages.

Dec 21, 2021 6:51 PM IST

GOAL! India 1-5 Japan

Another one! It's turning out a lop-sided contest one. Grim faces in the stands as Japan have netted another goal to make it 5-1 in their favour. Japan have stunned the Tokyo Olympics bronze medallists. Can the Manpreet-led side recover in the final quarter?

Dec 21, 2021 6:47 PM IST

Long corner for Japan

The pace has been so lethal from Japan. They have attacked in numbers and there's a possibility of Japan extending their lead.

Dec 21, 2021 6:43 PM IST

GOAL! India 1-4 Japan

Another one for Japan! A three-goal cushion now for them. A defensive lapse leads to an easy tap in for Japan. India also have lost their referral.

Dec 21, 2021 6:40 PM IST

Second half begins

Dec 21, 2021 6:29 PM IST

Japan lead 3-1 at half-time

The penalty stroke has helped Japan take a 3-1 lead in the contest! A two-goal cushion for Japan and India will be now under pressure to cut the lead in the next two quarters. The possession has been in India's favour (53 per cent) but Japan have had more shots on the target (6) so far.

Dec 21, 2021 6:24 PM IST

Goal! India 1-3 Japan

Penalty stroke for Japan after Krishan Pathak caught Kenta Tanaka, and Japan have taken a 3-1 lead in the contest!

Dec 21, 2021 6:16 PM IST

Brilliant save

Krishan Pathak has come in place of Suraj Karkera and he comes up with a brilliant save to deny Japan the third goal. The shot was on the target but Pathak was up to the task, putting his left hand to stop the ball.

Dec 21, 2021 6:11 PM IST

First PC for India

India are looking threatening now, attacking relentlessly after going 2-0 down. Neelam Sanjeep Xess, however, would be disappointed by not converting the PC. 

Dec 21, 2021 6:08 PM IST


India finally open their tally! Dilpreet on the scoresheet as India cut the deficit in the first few minutes of the second quarter. India 1-2 Japan

Dec 21, 2021 6:04 PM IST

End of first quarter

Japan meant business and six penalty corners helped them take a 2-0 lead at the end of opening quarter. Reid is not a happy man right now as the Indian team's performance was mediocre.

Dec 21, 2021 5:58 PM IST

No shot on target for India so far

No penalty corners and no shot on target for India as the opening quarter nears its end. Japan have been dominant so far.

Dec 21, 2021 5:53 PM IST

A dream start for Japan

A defensive lapse for India and Japan earn their sixth penalty corner within the first five minutes. A dream start for Japan. Six PCs and two goals, and had that gone in, Japan would've been 3-0 up.

Dec 21, 2021 5:47 PM IST

GOAL! Japan 2-0 India

Just over a minute and a half and Japan have had five penalty corners. What a start from the underdogs! They convert another one to take a 2-0 lead. Suraj Karkera's wall has been breached again.

Dec 21, 2021 5:45 PM IST

GOAL! Japan 1-0 India

What a start for Japan! They have taken a 1-0 lead in the opening minute. A penalty stroke for Japan and Sura Karkera couldn't do much about it.

Dec 21, 2021 5:41 PM IST

Penalty corner for Japan

India were pressing high from the word go but Japan's opening attack has earned them a PC!

Dec 21, 2021 5:36 PM IST

Time for the national anthems

Fans have marked their attendance and it's the time for national anthems of India and Japan.

Dec 21, 2021 5:33 PM IST

Head to Head

18 matches have been played between India and Japan, with the former emerging victorious on 16 occasions.

Dec 21, 2021 5:26 PM IST

Just five minutes to go

The stage is set for the second semi-final! While India will looking for another dominant win, Japan's motive will be to avenge the 6-0 loss.

Dec 21, 2021 5:18 PM IST

Heartbreak for Pakistan

Four-time champions Pakistan have failed to qualify for the final first time since the tournament's inception.

Dec 21, 2021 5:11 PM IST

Korea into final

Meanwhile, the first semi-final has been won by Korea! In a cracker, Jang scored four as Korea won a thriller 6-5 against Pakistan. India vs Japan is lined up next.

Dec 21, 2021 5:08 PM IST

Starting XI

Dec 21, 2021 4:55 PM IST

Big shoes to fill in Sreejesh's absence

"We defended as a team. Krishna and I know that we are the second and third choice goalkeepers respectively, so it is imperative we make each opportunity count. We have big shoes to fill in Sreejesh’s absence," Karkera had said on India's comprehensive win versus Japan.

Dec 21, 2021 4:53 PM IST

Suraj Karkera's form

Against Japan, Goalkeeper Suraj Karkera effected a series of stunning saves in the second half to ensure a third successive clean sheet for India. He also found support in the Indian backline that saved five penalty corners in the contest.

Dec 21, 2021 4:42 PM IST

Players to watch out for

The semi-final will be played at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium in Dhaka. All eyes are on Harmanpreet Singh, who had converted two penalty corners against Japan in the round-robin contest. Dilpreet Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh, Akashdeep Singh and Shamsher Singh too have scored some fine field goals.

Dec 21, 2021 4:35 PM IST

One step away from final

Dec 21, 2021 4:33 PM IST

India's road to semi-final

The Manpreet Singh-led side was held 2-2 by South Korea before they thrashed Bangladesh 9-0. They carried on their run with a 3-1 victory over arch-rivals Pakistan and the 6-0 thrashing of Japan.

Dec 21, 2021 4:31 PM IST

India vs Japan, Asian Champions Trophy 2021 Hockey Semi-final Live

Hello and welcome to the live coverage of India vs Japan, Asian Champions Trophy 2021 clash in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Tokyo Olympic bronze-medallists are in the hunt for the semifinals berth after finishing the round-robin stage at the top of the standings with 10 points. They had thrashed Japan 6-0 in their last round-robin match.

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