India reaches final of Olympic Test Event after 6-3 win over Japan

DN Bureau

The Indian men's hockey team registered a 6-3 win over Japan in their third match of the Olympic Test Event at the Olympic Hockey.

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Tokyo Japan: The Indian men's hockey team registered a 6-3 win over Japan in their third match of the Olympic Test Event at the Olympic Hockey.

Mandeep Singh displayed a brilliant form as he scored thrice in the game. Nilakanta Sharma found the target first through a field goal in the third minute. India were awarded a penalty corner four minutes after Sharma's goal and Nilam Sanjeep Xess made no mistake, taking lead to 2-0. Mandeep Singh did not take much time to consolidate the position as he netted in the ninth minute.

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Kentaro Fukuda opened the account for Japan striking in the 25th minute. However, impeccable goals by Mandeep Singh in the 29th and 30th minute took the tally to 5-1.

Japan's Kenta Tanaka fought back and scored in the 36th minute. India registered their sixth goal through Gurjant Singh in the 41st minute.

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Japan launched an attack in the fourth quarter and succeded in the 52nd minute. Shortly before the final whistle, India saved a penalty corner. India will play against New Zealand in the final tomorrow. (ANI)

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