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FIH Hockey Women’s World Cup: Japan plays a 3-3 draw with South Africa

Asian teams in the FIH Women’s World Cup are still awaiting their first win.

Asian teams in the FIH Women’s World Cup are still awaiting their first win. The first two games for both India and China have ended in draws. The third Asian team in the fray, Japan, after losing its first game against Australia in the last five minutes, squandered a  3-0 lead it had gained in the first 34 minutes against South Africa to end the game on even terms for its first point of the tournament.

It was also the first point for South Africa as it had lost its opener 1-4 to Belgium.

Japan had raised false hopes of first win for Asian teams by taking an early lead against the South Africans. Yuri Nagan put the Asian Games champions ahead in the third minute with a well worked out field goal.

Six minutes later, Japan consolidated its lead with another beautiful   field goal. This time it came from the stick of  Mari Tariyama.

After the change of ends, Japan continued to dominate and added its third goal, this time from a penalty corner conversion. Ace striker Emi Nishikori made no mistake from a penalty corner award in the 34th minute.

When it all looked going the way of the Asians, South Africans stormed back with some excellent moves. It was Kristen Paton that opened the scoring for the Africans with a brilliant field goal.

It was left to drag flicker Taryn Lambord to put the teams level with  neat conversions in the 56th and 59th minutes.

With this defeat, Japan and South Africa remain at the bottom half of their pool with one point each from two games.

Other teams in their pool are Belgium and Australia  who have already three points each from their wins in their first games.


Prabhjot Singh

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