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Asian Games 2018, India vs Japan, women’s Hockey final highlights: Japan beat India 2-1, win gold

India vs Japan hockey finals, as it happened: Japan were the better side as they never allowed India any breathing space and got the game and clinched gold. India missed many chances and have to be content with silver.

By HT Correspondent | Aug 31, 2018 20:02 IST

It was India’s chance, but Japan was the better side, they always kept up the pressure and had more intent. India missed few chances, they could not convert the penalty corners and have to be content with the silver medal.

This was India’s chance to end their 36-year long wait as a confident women’s hockey team took on Japan in the hockey finale. India were been in good form in the tournament so far and after they edged past China 1-0 in the semi-finals, they took on Japan. The Indian eves last entered the finals of the Asian Games in 1998 when they lost to Korea. They started as definite favourites as their rankings suggest.

19:59 hrs IST

Japan were intense, India chased the game

The pressure was up right from the word go and India were not allowed any breathing space at any point.

Yes, they were favourites, but now India have to be content with silver

19:50 hrs IST

Time slips by, Japan win GOLD

They kept pressing, they kept attacking, India were always chasing the game, and they now go down.

They have to be content with SILVER

19:46 hrs IST

Time slipping away

India have lost the plot, they are not able to take the ball, they are not able to move forward.

19:41 hrs IST

India need more people forward

The ball keeps moving forward, but there are not enough people to forge any attack.

19:38 hrs IST

India look rattled

The passes are not complete and there is no proper finishing.

10 more minutes to go, Japan on the charge, India have to keep the ball.

19:31 hrs IST

Third quarter ends

Japan in the lead and they deserve it. They have never allowed India to breathe free in the match.

India have all the running to do now.

19:29 hrs IST

GOAL! Key penalty corner for Japan

This is dangerous for India, it comes very close to the end of the 3rd quarter.

Japan convert it, ball slammed inside the goal, what a variation, what a stunning finish

19:26 hrs IST

Good save by Savita

Lovely run, lovely pass but the Indian goalie anticipated the ball and its direction and was able to kick it away without any fuss

19:23 hrs IST

Japan move forward

It was a sudden attack by Japan, Indian defence caught napping, but they do enough to keep the ball away.

19:21 hrs IST

India stepping up

The team is now finding its groove, lovely synchronised play and Japan is under pressure.

Goal is needed.

19:19 hrs IST

Positive move from India

Lovely forward press by Kataria. was a good thrust too, but then the ball is wide and no one is there to receive the pass

19:18 hrs IST

Japan on the attack

It was a long ball, but then it drifts wide.

India need to be awake

19:06 hrs IST

Half-time, it is all even

Japan scored early and then India hit back courtesy Neha Goyal.

Japan have more pace and India need to keep the ball a bit more. Both sides have defended with a lot of panache.

It is building up quite nicely

19:04 hrs IST

Good defence from India

Deepika kept her cool and composure and thwarted any threat just outside the D box.

The Indian defence needs to be tight

18:59 hrs IST

GOAL! India make a comeback

Lovely ball, Neha gets it and deflects it in. Lovely pass from Navneet and the ball found Neha who is unmarked.

Well, game on, game on!

18:57 hrs IST

India not keeping the ball long enough

The midfield keeps the ball, dribbles and then gives it away, Japan keeps stealing it away and this is why the team is looking shaky at the moment.

Ball needs to in Japan’s half more often

18:52 hrs IST

Japan controlling the game

They have the lead and are looking to press on even further. India’s defence is looking very jittery. The flanks are getting exposed whenever Japan enter the penalty area.

18:47 hrs IST

First quarter ends

Japan kept the pressure on the Indian defence and they eventually scored.

India need to press on the accelerator a lot more.

18:42 hrs IST

GOAL! Japan wins PC and they score

They kept pressing, India were put under pressure and finally they score

18:41 hrs IST

Penalty corner for India

This is a good chance for India.

And lovely move there, India miss, good feed by Rani, but the flick by Gurjit went just wide and cleared by the goalie

18:38 hrs IST

That was so close for Japan

Lovely play, lovely pass, lovely attack, but not so good finish. India under pressure, they have to keep the ball more.

18:36 hrs IST

Japan shoot and miss

Shot goes wide, India then clear the ball

18:34 hrs IST

Ahh, that was close for India

Lovely intercept by Rani, gave a clear ball to the forward, but the goalie makes a good save

18:32 hrs IST

Rampal on the charge

The captain takes off, on the counter, reaches the circle, but then loses the ball.

18:31 hrs IST

A very sedate start

Both teams look to keep the ball. Japan had the chance but the ball was not intercepted cleanly. Japan on the attack

18:29 hrs IST

Let’s go

India hold the edge, but it is the finals and past results really do not matter

18:27 hrs IST

National Anthem time

The teams are out there and sing their national anthems. There is pressure, and tension.

Gold up for grabs

18:24 hrs IST

An Olympic berth awaits

A victory will not only yield a gold medal, but the winner qualifies for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

18:14 hrs IST

The starting XI

18:11 hrs IST

We are almost there

17:47 hrs IST

The captain speaks

17:31 hrs IST

It is all building up, folks

17:18 hrs IST

Recent form of India

Earlier this year, India could not achieve a podium finish, but then managed to beat Olympic champions England, and lost narrowly to Australia in the semi-final.

17:16 hrs IST

India have been in good form

The eves have registered huge victories against Indonesia (8-0), Kazakhstan (21-0), Korea (4-1) and Thailand (5-0) in the pool stages

16:43 hrs IST

India won bronze in the previous edition

India registered a hard-fought 1-0 win over China to enter the final of the Asian Games after 20 years.