Asian Champions Trophy 2021: Japan thrashed India 5-3 in the second semi-final of the Asian Champions Trophy to bow out of the title battle. For the Indian team, which played like a champion throughout the tournament, this defeat was nothing less than a nightmare. Olympic bronze medalist India will now face Pakistan, who were beaten by South Korea in the first semi-final, in the third-fourth position match.
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Japan Took Revenge
In the league match of the same tournament, India had defeated Japan by an embarrassing 6-0 margin. After the way the Indian team performed in the tournament, it seemed to have an upper hand. But the players of Japan, the country of the rising sun, told how deadly it can be to take them lightly.
Bronze Medal Match Between India and Pakistan
South Korea beat Pakistan In the first semi-final, South Korea defeated Pakistan 6-5 in a thrilling match. In this match, Jang Jeonjuhyun scored 4 goals for the Korean team, while the goalkeeper Jaehyeon Kin has to be praised for thwarting many of Pakistan’s attacks. Pakistan’s team could not take advantage of the early lead. Captain Umar Bhutta scored the opening goal for Pakistan. At the end of the first quarter, the Pakistan team was ahead 1-0. Asian Champions Trophy 2021.
India’s Performance in the Tournament
Team India had made it to the semi-finals while on top, the Indian team qualified in the round robin stage with 10 points and entered the semi-finals while topping the points table. The Indian team, playing their first tournament after winning the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, played out a 2-2 draw with South Korea in the first match.
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After this, India thrashed hosts Bangladesh 9-0. The Indian team, captained by Manpreet Singh, defeated Pakistan 3-1 in their third match. India defeated Japan 6-0 in the last match of the league round. Team India did not lose a single match in the league round.
Finals to be Held on 22nd December
The final match of the Asian Champions Trophy will be played between South Korea and Japan on 22 December. Let us inform that in the first semi-final of the tournament, S. Korea defeated Pakistan 6-5 in a very exciting match.