A new-look Indian team paid for its inexperience and profligacy with Asian champions Japan soundly thrashing them 5-2 in a group A league match.
Having drawn against Pakistan in the opening game, India’s chances after this defeat will be badly dented as even a big win against Indonesia in the last game might not be enough for qualification to the knock-out stages.
India lose 2-5 to japan in their second pool gameIndia endured a tough 2-5 defeat against Japan in the Asia Cup 2022 clash in Jakarta on Tuesday.
The Japanese kept things in control right from the first quarter, which ended in 0-0. Ken Nagayoshi then converted the penalty corner in the 23rd minute as Japan went into the halftime with a slender one goal advantage. Kosei Kawabe then helped Japan extend their lead to 2-0 in the 39th minute, before Pawan Rajbhar scored India’s first goal to keep them alive in the contest. The final quarter saw Japan add three more goals, while India could only manage one. With this result, India now find themselves at the third position of the Pool A table and Japan lead the charts.
India’s run in the tournament will depend on the clash between Japan and Pakistan, which is scheduled to be played on Thursday. India will also take on hosts Indonesia in their next fixture, which will be played on the same day.