Hockey Asia Cup 2017, Pakistan beat Bangladesh by 7-0

Asia Cup Hockey 2017 Live streaming TV listings full schedule India squad

Asia Cup Hockey 2017 Live streaming TV listings full schedule India squad

GOAL! India's celebration was halted soon after they scored their first goal.

Earlier, in the opening match of the tournament, India defeated Japan by 5-1. In the next minute, Harmanpreet then led the team with example and converted a goal from penalty corner. Star Indian hockey player Harmanpreet Singh scored a brace in the game while SV Sunil, Lalit Upadhyay and Ramandeep Singh were also on the score sheet.

However, Japan were quick to equalize as they won the ball at the half-line, and scored through Kenji Kitazato in the fourth minute to make it 1-1.

INDIA hammered Japan 5-1 to keep a strong grip of Group A in the Asia Cup in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Wednesday.

"We have part-time players who assembled just before the Asia Cup because they had to study and work". Meanwhile, he applauded the work of PHF to revive hockey in Pakistan.He congratulated the PHF for organising such a colorful tournament featuring 11 worldwide goalkeepers.

Skipper Manpreet didn't shy to call Japan a tough rival, though he assured his boys are "upbeat for the first challenge". "We can say now that the junior team is capable of playing modern day hockey as they utilised their time to learn many things in Australia", Irfan said.

The Asia Cup is the beginning of a new phase in Indian hockey as it will be the first test for newly-appointed coach Sjoerd Marijne, who replaced fellowman Roelant Oltmans.

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