Asian Games 2018: Indian women's hockey team bring home silver medal after losing to Japan in final

Jakarta: The Indian women hockey team's dream of reclaiming the gold at the Asian Games after 36 years remained unfulfilled as it lost 1-2 to Japan to win silver medal here on Friday.

It was yet another heartbreak for Indian hockey, a day after the fancied men's team lost to Malaysia via penalty shoot-out in the semifinals.

 Asian Games 2018: Indian womens hockey team bring home silver medal after losing to Japan in final

India looked in defensive move in major portion of the game time in their final clash. AP

Coming into the match, the Indians were favourites to the title as they are ranked five places above Japan at ninth in the world rankings.

But the Japanese matched India stick for stick and took the lead in the 11th minute when Minami Shimizu converted their first penalty corner.

India, however, did not give up and pressed hard for the equaliser which came in the 25th minute when Neha Goyal deflected in a Navneet Kaur reverse hit pass, as both the teams went into the breather locked at 1-1.

The Japanese, however, came out rejuvenated after the change of ends and restored their lead through another penalty corner conversion, by skipper Motomi Kawamura in the 44th minute.

In the final quarter, the Indians pressed hard in search of the equaliser but Japan defended in numbers to win the match and claim the gold medal.

Updated Date: Aug 31, 2018 20:56:57 IST