New Delhi: Shiho Sakai struck thrice as Japan women's team trounced Fiji women 14-0 in the opening match of Hockey World League Round 2 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, in New Delhi on Monday.
The Japanese team scored as many as eight goals in the first half with Sakai putting her side on board in the ninth minute via a penalty shoot.
Three minutes later, captain Rika Komazawa scored second goal of the team through a penalty corner.
The Japanese team kept scoring goals at regular intervals as Komazawa scored her second goal in the 14th minute.
Japan's fourth goal was scored by Akiko Kato in the 17th minute, Miyuki Nakagawa scored fifth in 20th and Aya Ueda score sixth goal 28th minute.
The seventh and eighth goal of the first half came from two successive penalty corners by Kumi Banda in the 32nd minute and Sakai in the 34th minute of the game which helped Japan take a lead of 8-0.
In the 2nd half, Japan continued its attacking game and scored a total six goals to put the game out of Fiji's reach.
In the 37th minute, Kumi Banda scored the ninth goal of the game through a penalty corner. This was followed by a field goal (tenth goal) in the 43rd minute by Sachimi Iwao, (eleventh goal) by Aki Mitsuhashi in the 45th minute.
A penalty shoot in the 61st minute by Sakai gave Japan its 12th goal. The 13th and 14th goal of the match came through field goal by Ayaka Nishimura and Yuri Nagai respectively.
Sakai was adjudged Player-of-the-Match for scoring three brilliant goals.