India dealt Japan blow at the Asian Games

THE HANS INDIA |   Sep 01,2018 , 01:10 AM IST

 Jakarta: India's women's hockey team got a silver medal at the Asian Games for the second time as it lost 1-2 to lower-ranked Japan in the final at the Gelora Bung Karno Hockey Field here on Friday.

World No 14 Japan took the lead through Minami Shimizu in the 11th minute but world No.9 India pulled level through Neha Goyal in the 25th minute. 

Motomi Kawamura regained Japan's lead in the 44th minute. India couldn't find their equaliser and had to settle for the silver medal.

It was India's second silver medal in women's hockey in Asiad history. The last time they had finished second was in the 1998 edition. 

The only time they have won the title was in 1982 Games in New Delhi.

Coming into the final, India were the favourites having scored 38 goals during the group stage before securing a 1-0 win over China in the semi-finals.

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