Jakarta, May 29 (SO News/Agency) The Indian hockey team has made a grand start to the Super-4 stage of Asia Cup 2022. They beat Japan 1-2 in a thrilling encounter on Saturday. Manjeet (8th minute) and Pawan Rajbhar (35th minute) scored for India. On the other hand, Takama Niwa scored the lone goal for Japan in the 18th minute of the match. Along with the win against Japan, the Indian team also avenged their defeat in the league match.
It should be noted that Japan defeated India 2-5 in the league match. Japan won all three of their matches in the league stage and topped Pool-A. On the other hand, India and Pakistan both had four points, but defending champions India qualified for the next round due to better goal difference.
However, apart from India, Japan, South Korea and Malaysia have made it to the Super-4 stage. All these teams will play each other once after which the top two teams will play the final match. The Indian team will now face Malaysia in their next match on Sunday. The Indian team has fielded a lot of new faces for this tournament. The team is captained by veteran player Birendra Lakra.
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