Indian women's hockey team's hopes of a semi-final spot went in smokes on Thursday after they suffered a 1-3 defeat to Japan in the quarter-final of the 2016 Hawke’s Bay Cup. Minami Shimizu, Aki Mitsuhashi, and Motomi Kawamura scored the goals for Japan, while Rani scored the lone goal for India.
After an exciting goal-filled first quarter, the second turned out to be calmer as both teams looked to their defence to control the flow of the game. The game went into
India came out of
The Japanese, who started the half defensively were pushed back constantly, as the Indians pressed hard to find the goals. Deflections by Poonam missed the
Late in the fourth quarter, India had a flurry of PCs as they looked to convert a goal to put their opponents under pressure. Japan’s
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