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India vs Japan Women's Hockey Live Score: Rio Olympics 2016, Live match updates

India 2-2 Japan (Emie Nishikori 15', Mie Nakashima 28' India: Rani Rampal 32', Lilima Minz 40')
Updated: 07 August 2016 21:00 IST - Published: 07 August 2016 18:32 IST
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It's incredible how the Sushila Chanu-led squad swung the tide in the second half amidst a lot of pressure from the higher ranked Japanese side. This would provide a much-needed boost to their morale ahead of the upcoming fixtures in Group B.

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The two Asian sides with a point apiece from their opening fixture of the Rio Olympics 2016. It had seemed at one stage that the Indians were headed for a crushing defeat but they turned it around superbly in the third quarter, scoring two in quick succession.

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FULL TIME! India 2-2 Japan.

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60' - India miss a sitter with seconds left on the clock. It's almost over!

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58' - Nagai's shot appeared to hit Chanu's foot inside the circle but wasn't spotted by the ref. They have lost their referral, hence it stands.

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The Japanese are on their nerves in the face of this relentless pressure from India. One small mistake could prove fatal for either side.

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57' - India survive back-to-back scares in defence! Nakagawa had it in her control with the near post unmarked but failed to put it away. It stays 2-2!

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55' - Rani with a powerful drag flick into the midriff of keeper Asano. Scores unaltered. 5 minutes to go and it's the Indians who look more likely to score!

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55' - One more penalty corner. This time for India!

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54' - Poonam Rani sends it across to her left but nobody reaches it on time.

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53' - India's strikers have hovered around the Japanese circle for a long spell now. All we need is to find a goalward hit at the moment!

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The Indian defense is finally showing signs of the solidity that is characteristic of champions. As the famous saying by a wise man goes, 'Offense wins you matches, defense wins you titles.'

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49' - It's evident that the Indians are aiming for all three points from this encounter. There's a newfound urge to find their 3rd goal against Japan.

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48' - Deepika managed to split the defence with a long and intricate run but was denied room to strike towards goal. Still 2-2.

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The two halves of the match seems to be mirror images of each other with the style of play and build ups virtually reversed.

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The final quarter gets underway. Who will emerge victorious here in Deodoro?

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End of Q3! India 2-2 Japan.

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Rani's influence on the game grows and grows.

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45' - Magnificent save from Savita Poonia, diving to her right and keeping out the thunderous low shot from Nagai!

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Excellent comeback from India. Things looking good and on course. To have hope of progressing to the next round, the Indian Eves cannot remain satisfied with a draw, must push harder.

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45' - PC for Japan. They'd scored their first in the last minute of Q1.

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43' - Both goals have come in the 3rd quarter for India. They're finally playing like a side deserving of a victory. It's essential that they keep their tight grip on the game for the remaining duration. The task in hand is still not complete.

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40' - GOAL! Lilima Minz with a priceless equaliser brings India back on even terms!

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40' - GOALLLLL! India 2-2 Japan!

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40' - A cleverly earned penalty corner for India!