Indian Women Hockey team scored twice in each half as they defeated higher ranked China 4-2 in their opening match of the 3rd Asian Women Champions Trophy at Kakamigahara, Japan today, while their Men counterpart went down to Chinese Men 0-2 in Men’s Competition at the Green Stadium.
Poonam Rani scored first goal for India in the 7th minute by converting penalty corner. A minute later Amandeep Kaur scored a field goal in her debut match, while Chinese side reduced the margin at the stroke hooter with a field goal from Yao Lili to go in lemon break with 2-1 in favor of India.
After the change of ends, China put pressure on India for equalizer and managed to level the score in 58th minute their captain Hoa Weijia converted a Penalty Corner.
Poonam Rani once again on target in the 64th minute and scored a field goal on an accurate pass from Namita Toppo to restore the lead for India.
In the very next, India’s 4th goal came through Vandana Katariya when she deflected the ball in the net and took the match away from China.
In the men’s competition, India, who has sent their junior team to the tournament in a bid to prepare for next month’s Junior World Cup in Delhi, went down to their Chinese opponent. China scored two field goals in 50th and 55th minutes through Yu Xin and E Liguang to start their campaign on winning note.
India will now face hosts Japan on 3rd November at 15:00 IST, while Women’s team will play Malaysia on 4th November at 12:30 IST (Detailed Schedule here).
In the other matches on the day, Japan defeated Malaysia 1-0 and Pakistan thumped Oman 8-0 in Men’s competitions, and Women’s team of the hosts Japan won against Malaysia by 3-0.
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