Asian Youth Olympic Games Qualifiers 2018: Indian women maul South Korea while men thrash Japan
Young Vivek Sagar Prasad and Lalremsiani ensured that the international exposure they received at the senior level at the recently-concluded Commonwealth Games was not in vain and guided their respective sides to big victories on day 2 of the Asian Youth Olympic Games Qualifiers 2018 in Bangkok.
Men overcome Japan 6-2
The young Indians started with a flurry of goals and by the time the Japanese colts could respond, the match was well out of their grasp.
Skipper Vivek Sagar led from the front and scored as early as the third minute to give India the lead. Rabichandra Moirangthem scored in the eighth minute and so did Rahul Kumar Rajbhar. Maninder Singh got into the act as well a minute later and Rahul added to his and the team's tally in the 12th minute.
By the time Japan found their opening goal in the 15th minute, they were in a woeful situation with the scoreline reading 6-1 in favour of India.
Japan found a second goal in the 30th minute to reduce the margin, but the Indians romped home with an emphatic 6-2 scoreline.
The men have two matches lined up for tomorrow. They will be up against Hong Kong China early tomorrow morning at 0730 IST and will face South Korea in the afternoon at 1430 IST.
Women thrash South Korea 10-0
Earlier in the day, Lalremsiani, who represented the seniors at Gold Coast, gave India the lead in the very first minute. She found the target again in the fourth minute to put India ahead 2-0. Sangeeta Kumari continued her great form by scoring in the tenth minute.
Following this, an absolute goal-fest ensued with Mumtaz Khan, Sangeeta Kumari, and Deepika finding the net. Two hattricks resulted in Lalremsiani ending the match with three goals to her credit while Sangita was the top scorer with four.
The South Koreans were unable to find a consolation goal and the match ended with India prevailing with a massive 10-0 margin.
The Indian women will take on Thailand at 15-30 IST tomorrow.