New Delhi: It was double delight for Indian hockey on Sunday as apart from the senior team winning the final of the Asia Cup, the junior boys beat Japan 3-2. The win for them came in the opener of the Sultan of Johor Cup in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
For India, Dilpreet Singh scored a brace, netting in the 11th and 53rd minute and Sukhjeet Singh scored a goal in the 41st minute. For Japan, Kyohei Ogawa scored both goals, in the 23rd and 31st minute.
India kicked off their opening match of the campaign on a bright note as they displayed a good shape, and were constantly attacking Japan in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Japan fought back into the match as they gained control of the possession. They were awarded a penalty corner in the 23rd minute when the ball hit the foot of an Indian player inside their circle.
However, the young Indian team showed their character in the latter part of the third quarter when they struck back through a penalty corner in the 41st minute to level the scores at 2-2.
Going into the fourth quarter, India seemed to control the game and kept looking for the third goal which would help them register a win in their first match of 7th Sultan of Johor Cup 2017. (With ANI inputs)