India defeat Japan in opener

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

An experimental Indian team got off to a winning start, defeating Japan 2-1 in the opening match.

New Delhi:

An experimental Indian team got off to a winning start, defeating Japan 2-1 in the opening match of the four-nation hockey tournament at Gifu, Japan today. India, who are playing the tournament with several youngsters, scored both their goals of the match in the first half. Arjun Halappa gave the side the lead in the 22nd minute with a field goal before talented youngster Sandeep Singh made it 2-0 with a neatly executed drag-flick in the 30th minute. Even though Japan reduced the margin in the first half itself, the Indians, led by mid-fielder Ignace Tirkey, were successful in maintaining their lead in the entire second half to emerge victorious in the match. Heavy rains lashed the Stadium during the match but that could not deter the Indians from garnering full points. With a rest day tomorrow, India will take on Asian Games winners South Korea on Saturday. China is the other team in the tournament, which concludes on May 18. (PTI)

Topics : Hockey
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