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FIH Series Finals 2019, India vs Japan: Live Scores, Commentary and Updates 14/06/2019

INDIA 7 - JAPAN 2
Updated: 14 June 2019 21:21 IST - Published: 14 June 2019 15:44 IST
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That's it from us here - this is Subhashish signing off as Ramandeep Singh wins the Man of the Match award - join us for the final when India play South Africa at 1915 IST tomorrow- stay with Sportskeeda for all the latest sports news and updates
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The stats ladies and gentleman - 44 circle entries and 23 shots on goal for the Indians who earned 10 PCs and converted 4.

Seventeen circle entries and 8 shots on goal for Japan who failed to convert any of their 6 PCs.

Sixty-two percent possession for the home side who have made it to the final - and more importantly progressed to the next round of the Olympic qualifiers
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After matching the Indians in every department in the first quarter - and partly in the second as well - the Asian Games champions surrender meekly to an Indian side who kept up a blistering pace but were found wanting in the striking circle at times

Harmanpreet, playing his 100th international opened the scoring for the Indians off a PC with Varun scoring the second off another - and it was the initial PCs which helped the Indians strike back before the strikers ran riot
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The Japanese flattered only to deceive at the Kalinga Stadium after opening the scoring as early as the second minute and restored parity after the Indians had score two - but fell apart after they felt a few umpiring decisions had gone against them and lost their cool which aided the home team in no small measure.

The Indians were allowed a free run as Aikman's team seemed to lose the plot altogether and could never find their way back



 
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FULL TIME: INDIA 7 - JAPAN 2
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58' The pace slows down just a bit but Mandeep fails to beat Yoshikawa in goal
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56' The Indians try the left flank but the ball strikes an Indian foot and the Japanese defenders take a breather 
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55' YOUNG VIVEK SHOOTS WIDE AFTER THE JAPANESE DEFENCE IS CAUGHT NAPPING
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ZENDANA SHOOTS WIDE - THE FLICK HAS POWER BUT LACKS DIRECTION
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BALL FINDS AN INDIAN FOOT - JAPAN HAVE ANOTHER PC
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54' SAMURAI JAPAN REFUSE TO RELENT - EARN YET ANOTHER PC
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53' GENKI MITANI GETS A YELLOW - THE JAPANESE COMMITTING HARA-KIRI AT THE KALINGA STADIUM
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The flick is not strong enough - padded away easily by Sreejesh 
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52' The Japanese earn a PC - their fourth - can they reduce the deficit??
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51' Lakra tries a reverse - fails to get the sting on the shot though
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50' The match has suddenly been transformed into a no-contest as the Indians try to manufacture a move outside the Japanese circle but fail to get the final touch right
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48' The Indians making the most of a one-man advantage - running amok as the Japanese defenders look clueless
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INDIA 7 - JAPAN 2
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47' VIVEK SAGAR SCORES - THE JAPANESE IN TOTAL DISARRAY
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THE JAPANESE PLAYERS LOSING THEIR COOL - AND LOSING THE PLOT AS WELL AFTER A FEW UMPIRING DECISION GO AGAINST AIKMAN'S TEAM - THE TASK OF THE HOME TEAM BECOMES A LOT EASIER
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END OF Q3: INDIA 6 - JAPAN 2
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44' THE JAPANESE LOSE THEIR COOL AND ARE DOWN TO TEN MEN AFTER A YELLOW CARD TO SUGURU HOSHI
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INDIA 6 - JAPAN 2
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43' THE SULKING JAPANESE CAUGHT UNAWARES AS INDIA LAUNCH A COUNTER - GURSAHIBJIT SCORES
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KAZUMA MURATA GETS A GREEN CARD ALTHOUGH THE BALL IS IN THE NET
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43' JAPAN EARN THEIR THIRD PC - CAN THEY REDUCE THE DEFICIT???
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41' The Indians fail to get it right in the Japanese D after Ramandeep powers his way in - Yamashita brought down as a result of the body blow
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39' The Japanese strikers outnumbered by the Indian defenders who fail to let the red shirts into the striking circle
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38' THE INDIANS EARN THEIR TENTH PC - THE JAPANESE THIS TIME ARE LUCKY THAT THE BALL STAYS OUT OF GOAL
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HAVE THE INDIANS SEALED THE DEAL WITH A LUCKY GOAL????
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INDIA 5 - JAPAN 2
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RAMANDEEP GETS A LUCKY BOUNCING BALL AFTER MANPREET TRIES A SLAP SHOT - AND MAKES NO MISTAKE WHATSOEVER
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SURENDER'S SHOT IS SAVED - INDIA HAVE ANOTHER PC
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37' INDIA HAVE A PC - RAMANDEEP TO PUSH
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36' THE INDIANS WANT A STROKE - DO NOT GET ONE AND THE JAPANESE TRY A COUNTER BUT MESS IT UP WITH A POOR PASS
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35' INDIA EARN A PC AFTER HARMANPREET IS OBSTRUCTED
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33' The Japanese attempt a counter after Vivek Sagar is brought down - fail to advance deep enough though
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32' TANAKA SPRINTS IN - INTO THE INDIAN CIRCLE BUT BIRENDRA LAKRA SOLID AS EVER
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31' GREAT HIGH PRESS FROM INDIA - THE JAPANESE RETREAT HURRIEDLY TO CLEAR THE BALL OUT OF DANGER
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PATHAK WILL BE BACK IN GOAL FOR THE INDIANS - MANDEEP TO PUSH BACK - YOSHIKAWA IN GOAL FOR THE JAPANESE INSTEAD OF TAKANO
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A GOAL-FEST ON THE CARDS - NOT A ONE-SIDED CONTEST THOUGH AS THE INDIANS COME FROM BEHIND TO SET UP A TWO-GOAL LEAD- THE JAPANESE STILL VERY MUCH IN THIS MATCH THOUGH
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HALF-TIME: INDIA 4 - JAPAN 2

KITAZATO 2 - FG
HARMANPREET 7 - PC
VARUN 14 - PC
WATANABE 20 - FG
RAMANDEEP 23 -FG
HARDIK 25 - FG
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28' THE JAPANESE EARN A FREE HIT OUTSIDE THE INDIAN CIRCLE - THE INDIANS CROWD THE DEFENCE AND CLEAR THEIR LINES
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SREEJESH DIVES - SREEJESH SAVES - INDIA KEEP A TWO-GOAL LEAD
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SHOTA YAMADA FAILS TO MAKE IT COUNT - BUT JAPAN HAVE ANOTHER PC
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26' THE JAPANESE EARN THEIR FIRST PC - CAN THEY REDUCE THE MARGIN????
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VARUN'S FLICK HITS THE POST AFTER THE GOALIE IS BEATEN ALL ENDS UP
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25' THE INDIANS EARN THEIR SIXTH PC