Asian Champions Trophy Hockey 2021 semi-final: India lose 3-5 to Japan, to face Pakistan in third place playoffs – Times of India

Japan will now play Korea in the final while India take on arch-rivals Pakistan in the third place play-off match on Wednesday.

Japan enter final in style!
Japan make their way to the Final #HeroACT2021
It’s all over! India lose 3-5 to Japan in the second semis, to play Pakistan in third place playoffs

60′: GOAL!!!!!!!! Hardik scores to reduce India’s lead to 3-5 against Japan.

59′: Another PC for India towards the closing stages of the game.

Japanese players hold their nerves to deny India any goal via short corner.

Another PC for India after video umpire denies Japanese referral.

57′: PC for India again!

Japan are down to 10 men at the moment and Indian players are fighting hard in the middle.

Less than 5 minutes to go in the fourth and final quarter and Indian players are pushing their limits against Japan.

GOAL!!!!!!!! Harmanpreet comes up with a fine dragflick to make it 2-5 against Japan. Can India make a comeback?

53′: PC for India – their second of the match so far.

50′: Circle penetration by Indian skipper Manpreet but Japan defend it well.

Less than 10 minutes left in the game and it’s becoming difficult for India to stage a comeback.

Players are fighting it out in the middle with Japan looking to bide their time while India going for attacks.

The fourth and final quarter gets underway!

Krishan Pathak is back again under the bar replacing Suraj Karkeda.

India have now 15 minutes to make a miraculous comeback in the game which looks highly unlikely at the moment and with the way Indian players are playing in the middle.

End of Q3 as Japan lead India 5-1 after 45 minutes of play.

41′: GOAL!!!!! Tanaka gives a fine pass and Japan extend their lead to 5-1 against India.


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