Hockey World League: Indian ladies lose 2-3 to Japan

After a rest day on Saturday, India take on Russia while Japan will lock horns with Malaysia and Kazakhstan will face Fiji on Sunday.

updated: February 23, 2013 00:26 IST
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New Delhi: Indian eves suffered a narrow 2-3 defeat against higher-ranked Japan via penalty shootout in the women's competition of the Hero Hockey World League at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on Friday.

In their biggest match of the tournament, the Indian women were pushed on the backfoot right from the start by the Japanese but the hosts came from behind in the fag end of the match to draw parity and take the game to the penalty shootout.

However, India failed to impress in the penalty shootout with Chanchan Devi Thokchom, skipper Ritu Rani and Vandana Katariya missing in the first three chances, whereas Mazuki Ari and Yuri Nagai found the target for Japan to go 2-0 up.

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