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India 5-1 Japan, Q4. SV Sunil, Lalit, Ramandeep, Harmanpreet (2); Kenji Kitazato.
Updated: 11 October 2017 16:23 IST - Published: 11 October 2017 16:03 IST
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Full Time! And with that, we come to the end of the match, as India notch up their first win of the Hockey Asia Cup 2017. The Indians have put up a supreme display today, completely running through the Japanese defence. While the first half between the two sides was a bit close, Japan completely lost the plot in Q3, ans India ran through their defence.
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Man of the match: Harmanpreet Singh
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Its an end to end affair, as India break on the counter from that PC. However, the Japan defenders run them down, and launch a counter attack of their own, which also comes to no avail.
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Penalty Corner! This time, to Japan. The India defence did well to come out in the wave and block the shot.
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Penalty Corner! Manpreet receives the PC, passes to hermanpreet,  who unleashes his shot, but the JApan GK blocks it. However, that was a rather painful save for the Japan keeper, who waas hit on the shoulder with the ball.
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Sunil latches on to a lose ball in the opposition half, and plays it through to Akashdeep, who switches to his left side, and shoots for the far post. However, it ws too wide, and there was nobody there at the other end, to tap it in.
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Japan get a long corner and work their way into the edge of the box, and cross it in. However, the cross is intercepted and cleared.
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Gurjan breaks into the circle through the left flank, and cuts it back, but there was nobody there to capitalise on the space, as the ball rolls away to the side-lines.
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India have been so dominant so far, that they have made as many as 25 circle penetrations, as opposed to Japan's 5.
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Ramandeep is seen lying on the turf, holding his ankle, as the stretcher is brought on. However, he seems to have gotten back to his feet, as he limps towards the bench. Doesn't seem to be a major injury.
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Japan had a hope of getting a penalty stroke there, as the umpires went upstairs to check whether there was a stick-on-stick inside the melee in the India penalty area. However, the TV umpire ruled that no such contact happened.
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Penalty corner! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL!!!!!!!! What a goal that was! Harpanpreet scores his second goal of the game from a penalty corner, aafter Ramandeep did a wonderful 360-spin to negate the first wave of Japanese defenders. Harmanpreet's shot was so powerful that the ball burst through the net and sailed away behind the goal.
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CHANCE! Sunil finds himself in the left side of the circle with the ball. He squares it to Akashdeep, who just has the Japan keeper to beat....shis shot is too week and it is kicked away.
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India start Q4 with the same tempo, as they dictate the proceedings.
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And with that, we come to the end of Q3, where India have taken a decisive 4-1 lead. India certainly have upped their game here.
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Akashdeep plays a through ball to Ramandeep on the left flank, and the latter has acres of space to run onto it. However, the space seems a bit too much, and Ramandeen did not have enough pace to run on to the ball.
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Ramandeep and Sunil play a quick one-two inside the box, and make their way towards the goal, but they ran out of space there, as the ball rolls over the by-line.
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GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! India are well and truly on top of the game now. Hermanpreet flicks in a penalty corner past the first wave of Japanese defenders, and past the goalkeeper.
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GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ramandeep received the ball inside the area, and smashed it on half volley and smashed it in from a narrow angle. The umpire immediately awarded the goal, but Japan called for a video referral. The main bone of contention was whether the ball went through a hole in the net and went in from the outside. After a long referral, the television umpire awarded the goal. Japan lose their referral.
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Uthappa breaks down the right flank and lfizzes in a cross. However, the Japan defence was alert to the cross.
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And we're off in Q3 of the match, as India get back on the ball once again. the Japanese seem to be chasing shadows right now.
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HALF TIME! India go into half time with a 2-1 lead, as SV Sunil and Lalit scored the two goal on both sides of the first quarter break. Japan did level the scores with a Kenji Kitazato strike, but India came back to dominate the game, and take the lead in Q2.

This match is far from over. While India hold the upper hand for now, Japan have shown the ability to make swift counters against the run of play. However, with 71% of possession, India have completely dominated the match.
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JApan make a swift move from the right flank, and cross it into the box. However, there was nobody there in the centre to meet the cross, and the chance is wasted.

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Sunil plays a lovely one-two with Lalit on the left flank, before the latter jinked his way to the by-line, dribbling past a couple of defenders to enter the box. However, his cut back was cleared away for a long corner.

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GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LALIT comes up with the goods, as he latches on to a long range pass, dummies a Japan defender, and takes a left handed shot, into the top corner.

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Penalty corner! Sunil drags it to the top of the box, as Hermanpreet pulls the trigger with his drag flick, but it is cleared off the line.