India defeated Japan 3-1 to win the FIH Women’s Series Final Hiroshima 2019

Hiroshima: An impressive Indian women’s hockey team won the FIH Women’s Series Final Hiroshima 2019 on Sunday after defeating hosts Japan 3-1 in the Hiroshima Hockey Stadium final.
An early goal from captain Rani in the third minute helped the Indian side to equalize in the 11th minute when the Japanese met Kanon Mori. After a brace from Gurjit Kaur in the 45th and 60th minute India celebrated a clear victory. The 9th World Indian team had already qualified for the FIH Olympic Qualifiers 2019 on Saturday after securing a spot in the finals of the competition.
A fantastic first-quarter start for India put them ahead in only 3 minutes as captain Rani took a step forward from their team’s first corner. The Indian captain hit the ball sweetly and hit Japanese goalkeeper Akio Tanaka on their right-hand side to give India a 1-0 advantage. In the 9th minute India’s dominance won the second penalty area, but the team awarded a foul on the execution. Japan could not open up any chances, as it only managed two circles in the first 15 minutes. But the second time they came into the circle, the Japanese striker scored after their first shot on goal compensation. It was the Japanese Sakurako Omoto, who picked up the ball at the 25-yard line and played in a pass on the right flank to Yuri Nagai on the baseline, who then played a pass over the goal, which was successfully capped by Kanon Mori Indians deflected goalkeeper Savita, who could not react in time and conceded the goal. ndia also remained in possession in the second quarter. Striker Vandana Katariya missed a great opportunity in the 18th minute as she scored a free-kick over the goal just outside the attacking net. On the other hand, Japan also began to regain its rhythm, trying to create opportunities by using the flanks, but India’s defensive cohesion kept them from giving up. World no. 9 India controlled the property well as they reached 5 circles compared to Japan’s zero. Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam and Lilima Minz helped break the Japanese attacks and turned the ball comfortably to create opportunities for India. A better performance by the Japanese defense in the final minutes of the second quarter, however, meant that both teams went 1-1 in the break.
India re-energized in the opening minutes of the third quarter, winning two penalty corners but failing to turn them into a second goal. Both teams attempted to take the lead, with Japan scoring two goals and scoring twice as India scored eight goals and scored five goals. However, the last of these 5 shots was the one that gave India the lead, as India won another penalty by Captain Rani in the final stages of the third quarter. It was Drag-Flicker Gurjit Kaur who again saved India as she sent the ball into the top left corner of the Japanese goal, taking the lead 2-1 in the 45th minute.
India coped well with the fourth quarter as Navneet Kaur and Rani had the opportunity to seal the victory in the first few minutes with a third goal, but the Japanese goalkeeper held them off. But on the other side of the field, India defended well against Penalty Corners to avoid a tie. Only five minutes to the end of the game, Japan decided to clear its goalkeeper for an extra fielder. This helped them to open up a few opportunities, but Gurjit Kaur was the tournament’s top scorer in the last minute of the match, scoring their second goal of the match with a penalty to make it 3-1 and seal victory for India.

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