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Follow all the live updates and the score of the FIH Series Finals semi-final between hosts India and Asian Games champions Japan from Bhubaneswar.
India 7-2 Japan, Q4
Vivek Sagar Prasad collects the ball in the centre of the D and smashes it past the Japan goalkeeper. Criminal to allow that kind of space to an attacker near the net.
India 6-2 Japan, Q3
A lapse in concentration from Japan and Gursahibjit Singh punishes them with India's sixth goal. Japan players were still arguing with the umpire about a decision and they didn't turn their focus on India's attack. This game looks done and dusted.
India 5-2 Japan, Q3
Ramandeep Singh from the rebound to score India's fifth goal. Good presence of mind from the forward to convert the chance. Japan's comeback looks extremely tough now.
India 4-2 Japan, Q2
HARDIK SINGH! He makes up for a terrible miss in the first quarter. Spectacular shot from the centre to score India's fourth goal. The crowd at the Kalinga Stadium is happy.
India 3-2 Japan, Q2
Once again, India didn't take much time to respond. Gurinder Singh's pass reaches Ramandeep Singh, who scores his first goal of the tournament. He must have wanted the goal badly, since this tournament marked his return from injury.
India 1-1 Japan, Q1
Solid hit from Harmanpreet Singh to convert from the second penalty corner on his 100th appearance for India. India didn't take much time to equalise. Good response from the team.
India 0-1 Japan, Q1
India are stunned in just the second minute! Kenta Tanaka creates a beautiful opportunity for Kenji Kitazato, who buries it in the back of the net! Game on!
South Africa wins the other semi-final thanks to a late goal!
South Africa are into the final, where they will face the winner of the India vs Japan fixture. A last-minute goal from Nicholas Spooner sees South Africa beat the United States of America by the slender margin of 2-1.
Hello and welcome to Firstpost's coverage of the FIH Series Finals semi-final between India and Japan!
Japan, having qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics twice over, courtesy of being both the host nation as well as the winners of the Asian Games, stand between India and the finals of the Bhubaneswar leg of the tournament.
India 7-2 Japan, FT
It's done! At one stage, the game was nicely poised at 2-2 but then India took charge and scored five more goals to take the game away from Japan. They will now face South Africa in the final but more importantly, they have made it to the Olympic Qualification. They will play two-legged home and away matches in November to make it to the Tokyo Olympics.
India 4-2 Japan, Q3
The match has slowed down a bit. Indian players are now controlling the tempo. Probably Reid wanted to slow things down to frustrate Japan. Meanwhile, Mandeep Singh with a close chance from a penalty corner but Japan does well to stop the ball from going inside the net.
India 4-2 Japan, Q3
It's been a relatively sedentary start in the third quarter, with the frenetic pace of the first half seeming to have taken its toll on the players. Japan have gotten into the final third of their opponents from time to time but there haven't been many clear cut chances.
Preview: A tricky opponent in Asian Games champion Japan is sure to test India but home advantage gives Manpreet Singh and his men the upper-hand in the semi-final of the FIH Series Finals hockey tournament on Friday.
Even though they registered some big wins in the preliminary stages against lower-ranked opponents, the Indians, under new chief coach Graham Reid, are yet to showcase their perfect game on the turf. The finalists will qualify for the FIH Olympic Qualifiers to be held in October-November this year.
The performance of the Manpreet Singh-led side is far from impressive. While the midfield has done well under Manpreet, it is the finishing which is a cause of concern for the Indians.
In all the three matches, India created innumerable scoring chances, but the strike force lacked the finishing touch.
Barring Akashdeep Singh, no other striker has looked threatening in the tournament so far.
While Mandeep Singh and young Gursahibjit Singh played well in patches, Ramandeep Singh, who returned to the side after nearly a one-year injury lay-off, looked a pale shadow of his past self.
"I am happy that we created plenty of chances but we need to work on our basic skills like finishing. It is an area where we need improvement," India's chief coach Graham Reid had said.
The Indian defence too has hardly been tested in the tournament so far with Poland being the only team to cause some trouble.
Both the goalkeepers — PR Sreejesh and Krishan Bahadur Pathak — were mostly spectators in the pool matches but the scenario would be different Friday as the Japanese are expected to trouble the hosts.
The Asian Games champions gave India a tough fight even though they lost in the past two encounters.
While India beat Japan 3-2 in the semi-final of the Asian Champions Trophy in Doha last year, in their last meeting in the Azlan Shah Cup earlier this year, Manpreet and Co. eked out a 2-0 win.
Japan, on the other hand, have nothing to lose as they are already assured of an Olympic berth by virtue of being the hosts as well as continental champions.
Japan are taking this tournament as a preparation for the Games to be held in Tokyo.
Siegfried Aikman and his men would be desperate to prove a point that their Asian Games gold was not a fluke.
After a below-par pool round where they finished second behind lower-ranked USA, World No 18 Japan thrashed Poland 6-2 in the cross-overs on Wednesday.
With inputs from Agencies.
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