Japan blanked India 2-0 in a 5th to 8th placing match of the Women’s Hockey World League Semifinal at Johannesburg, South Africa today.
India made a zestful start to their campaign against Japan with Monika getting an early shot on goal in the opening minute of the game.
But Japan’s goalkeeper Megumi Kageyama made a good save to deny India the early lead. Japan took lead in the seventh minute by successfully converting the first Penalty Corner of the match.
Japan’s second goal also came through a Penalty Corner in the 29th minute. Though India played a much better third and fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to stop Japan from walking away with the win.
India will play seventh and eighth placing match on Saturday.