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Asian Champions Trophy: India hammer six goals in win against Japan

Indian Men’s Hockey Team continued their unbeaten run, easing past Japan with a 6-0 win here at the Hero Men’s Asian Champions Trophy on Sunday.

Harmanpreet Singh, (10’, 53’) Dilpreet Singh (23’), Jarmanpreet Singh (34’), Sumit (46’), and Shamsher Singh (54’) scored the goals as Team India picked up a big win.

India are in contention for their third consecutive title at the Hero Asian Champions Trophy, having won the prestigious tournament in 2016 and joint winners in 2018.

India’s dynamic front line started troubling Japanese defence as soon as the hooter blew, as they received a flurry of penalty corners early on in the first quarter. Defender Harmanpreet Singh made the most of the opportunity in the 10th minute, as he converted it into the first goal for India.

India camped inside Japan’s circle in the final few minutes of the first quarter. Young forward Shilanand Lakra and experienced striker Lalit Kumar Upadhyay managed to get shots on target but were denied by Japan goalkeeper Takashi Yoshikawa.

As soon as the second quarter started, Japan started working hard to find the equaliser. In the 21st minute, Japan received a penalty corner, but once again, the Indian defence was up to the task and denied Japan the equaliser.

Dilpreet Singh continued his…

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