PR Sreejesh
Photo Credits : Hockey India
Indian Men’s Hockey Team continued their winning form at the on-going FIH Series Finals tournament in Bhubaneswar as they beat Japan (7-3) in a high-scoring match that enthralled the Indian  spectators here on Friday.
With this win, the Indian team has stormed into the finals of the tournament.
India rode on goals from (Harmanpreet Singh (7′), Varun Kumar (14′), Ramandeep Singh (23′, 37′), Hardik Singh (25′), Gursahibjit (43′), Vivek Sagar Prasad (47′) while Kenji Kitazato (2′) and Kota Watanabe (20′) scored for Japan.
Analysing his teams performance, Captain Manpreet Singh said he was not expecting such a score-line.
“Japan played really well in the first quarter. But, we we were quick to reply and played well. It was a good team effort.” Manpreet said.
India’s Ramandeep Singh was awarded the man-of-the-match for his efforts in the forward line.
This win is a remarkable milestone for coach Graham Reid, who took the reigns of the team two months ago.
This victory has also enabled India to progress to the Olympic qualifiers later this year. Finalists South Africa are also through.
The hosts will take on South Africa, who defeated USA 2-1 in the other semi-final, while Japan will take on USA for a 3/4th placing match.


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