The hockey Asia cup is the quadrennial men’s field hockey championship in Asia. It is organized by the Asian Hockey Federation. It was the eleventh edition. Here’s a look at the teams participating. It is the most popular international field hockey tournament in Asia, with more than a million fans in the region.
India vs Japan
India will be looking to build on its win over Japan in the semi-finals. The match was won by India, 2-1. In the first quarter, India had an early lead thanks to a penalty corner, but Japan responded well to score one of their own. In the second quarter, Japan earned three penalty corners but was unable to capitalize on them. India counterattacked after a missed Japan CP and restored their lead. Maninder Singh received a yellow card three minutes before the start of the second quarter and was forced to play with a 10-man lineup for 2 minutes.
Japan make a change in the fourth quarter to make it more difficult for India to score. In the third period, India’s defense is a thorn in the side of Japan’s offensive. It is important for India to remain composed. After the first period, the team must concentrate on keeping possession. The goalkeeper must be able to control the puck without being hampered by the defenders.
India vs Pakistan
India is hoping to qualify for the Hockey Asia Cup 2022 in Singapore by defeating Pakistan in their opening game on Monday. The team won 4-3 with a late goal from Abdul Rana. Earlier, Karti Selvam scored an early goal for India. However, Pakistan pulled one back in the final quarter.
The teams qualified for the tournament after the top five teams from the previous tournaments. They are joined by the hosts and the two finalists from the 2022 AHF Cup. There were 150 goals scored in 24 games. The final will decide the title of the tournament. In addition to the Asian champions, two other countries, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will play for the title.
India won the Asia Cup last year and beat Malaysia 2-1 in the final. The team is made up of young players, but also boasts an experienced captain and vice-captain. The squad features Simranjeet Singh, who has returned from injury, and Sardar Singh, a former captain.
Korea vs Malaysia
In the Hockey Asia Cup 2022, the men’s team from Malaysia continues its winning streak after edging South Korea 5-4 in their Group B match. The match was a tough one, with Malaysia taking the lead in the 11th minute on a field goal from Norsyafiq Sumantri, followed by a second goal from Muhammad Razie Abd Rahim from a penalty corner in the 17th minute. However, in the final quarter, South Korea closed the gap through Yang Jihun’s penalty corner. The Malaysian men’s team then came back to score three goals, including the winner in the 58th minute.
The match between India and South Korea will be crucial to India’s chances of reaching the final of the Hockey Asia Cup 2022. The two sides will face each other in the Super 4 round-robin league. If India wins the match, they will face the winner of Malaysia in the final.
Korea vs Korea
The Asia Cup is a major tournament in Asian hockey and South Korea has won the competition five times. In the 2022 edition, the Koreans qualified for the FIH Men’s World Cup. In the preliminary round, Malaysia beat South Korea 3-2 and won 5-4. In the final, Korea scored the winning goal in the 52nd minute through Hwang Taeil. Malaysia had a great chance to score in the final, but the Malaysian goalkeeper saved Jang Jonghyun’s penalty stroke.
India started well against South Korea, making an early circle penetration. In the second minute, India won a penalty corner. Nilam Sanjeep’s drag flick was saved by Korean goalkeeper Kim Jaehyeon, but the Indians continued building attacks from the right flank. Uttam Singh and Pawan worked well together to keep the Korean defense on its toes. Nilam Sanjeep scored a low flick from the second penalty corner.
India finished third in the group stage, behind South Korea and Malaysia. Their next match will be the bronze-medal game on June 1 in Jakarta. The match will be aired live on Disney + Hotstar and Star Sports Select 2 SD/HD.