Indian men lose 1-2 to Japan in Asian Champions hockey
A young and inexperienced Indian men's hockey team slumped to its second consecutive defeat in the Asian Champions Trophy.
New Delhi: A young and inexperienced Indian men's hockey team slumped to its second consecutive defeat in the Asian Champions Trophy, losing 1-2 to hosts Japan at Kakamigahara on Sunday.
The Indian team, mainly made up of junior players, squandered a goal lead to go down fighting against the Japanese, who rode on two field goals from Yasuhiro Nakayama to post their second straight win in the tournament.
Gurjinder Singh gave India the lead in the 12th minute by converting a penalty stroke before Nakayama drew parity in the 23rd minute.
Nakayama scored the winner for Japan in the 54th minute with another field strike to dash India's hopes.
India, who had picked up 13 juniors in their squad of 18 in view of the Junior World Cup to be held here next month, had earlier lost 0-1 to China in their tournament opener at the Gifu-ken Green Stadium on Saturday.
The Manpreet Singh-led Indian team will meet Oman in their next match on Tuesday.