Tournament favourites India won impressively against Japan yesterday by 5-1 in Asia Cup opener.
It was their first ever tournament under a new coach and seems they are gelling well as a team under him.
SV Sunil (3rd minute), Lalit Upadhyay (22nd), Ramandeep Singh (33rd) and Harmanpreet Singh (35th and 48th) were on target. Japan’s lone goal came through Kenji Kitazato’s stick in the 4th minute.
Team India dominated the entire game and even for a second they did not let go off the match.Two minutes into the second half India extended their lead through Ramandeep, who scored a gem with a thundering shot from a tight angle after being set up by Sunil. Indians couldn’t have asked for a better start to the tournament as they showcased near perfect hockey, which was full of short one-two passes, quick turnovers and variations. India earned two more penalty corners in the final minutes of the game but wasted both.