The Japanese women’s team continued a remarkable winning streak when they captured the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy in Kakamigahara. It was the third title in three months for coach Yoo Seung Jin’s charges. Japan finished the competition with a 100% record winning all their pool matches and defeating India in the final 1-0.
A surprise but deriving result was the bronze medal won by the Malaysian women. They recorded the first ever wins against China winning 1-0 in the pool and 3-1 in the 3rd place game.
Pakistan recovered much national pride when they secured the men’s title with a 3-1 win over hosts Japan. This coming after a failure to qualify for the World Cup must be a most welcome result for coach Tahir Zaman. Malaysia secured third place with victory over China.
Japan and Korea won the respective Women’s and Men’s competitions at the 6th East Asian Games in Tianjin, China.
Going into the Women’s final both Japan and China were unbeaten having drawn 1-1 in the pool stage earlier. In a pulsating match China first took the lead and then surrendered it to Japan just before half-time. Early in the second half Japan extended the lead to 3-1. China came back to make it 3-2, only for Otsuko Shino to extend Japan’s lead to 4-2. A 67th minute goal from Hao Weijia reduced the score to 4-3, but Japan held out the remaining 3 nail biting minutes to take the gold medal. Earlier Chinese-Taipei beat Hong Kong China 4-2 to take the bronze medal.
The Men’s competition produced an unexpected turn when Japan shocked China 2-0 to squeeze into the final, and what a game it was. Korea started the game in complete control taking a 1-0 lead through Kim Seong Kyu. They held this lead till half-time. Early in the second half Japan equalised through Fujimoto Ippei. What followed was an end to end game with both teams having chances to steal the gold. But it was Korea who dominated the last 10 minutes keeping the ball in the Japanese half and finally scrambling a winner though Kang Moon Kweon. Japan took off their goalkeeper in an attempt to get back on level terms, but Korea’s experience was too much for them. China won the ealier bronze medal game defeating Hong Kong 6-0.
China strolled to a 14-1 victory over Japan in the final of the Girls U16 Asia Cup., which also served as the qualifying tournament for the Youth Olympic Games. The result could still mean qualification for Japan, as China would be entitled to an automatic place as hosts.
Earlier Malaysia beat Chinese-Taipei 5-1 to secure third place
Fifth place: Malaysia 5 Kazakhstan 1 (view match report)
Seventh place: Chinese Taipei 3 Hong Kong 1 (view match report)
Japan regained the Women’s Asia Cup title after beating South Korea in the final at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil. Japan were champions n 2007 and had gone into the final with confidence against the South Koreas, who had three titles to their name. But the Japanese were the better team despite having lost to the Koreans in the group stage 3-0. Repeating the form that they showed in the semi-final against China the Japanese stormed into the lead in the first half through an Aki Matsuhashi field goal. They increased their lead in the second half through Otsuka Shihu. Kim Jong-Eun reduced the lead in the 69th minute, but time ran out of the Koreans and Japan were Asian Champions again. And it was double delight for the Japanese as the victory also means that they have a direct ticket to the Women’s World Cup in 2014.
Earlier India secured the bronze medal with a shoot-out victory over China. Malaysia took 5th place with a 5-1 win over Kazakhstan, while Chinese-Taipei finished 7th when they defeated Hong Kong China 3-1.
Special awards presented
Best player of tournament: Kim Jong-eun (S. Korea)
Best goalkeeper: Savitha (India)
Most promising player: Wu Huang Yu (Chinese Taipei)
Player–of-the-match (final): Aki Mitsuhasi (Japan)
Top scorer: Kim Da-rae (S. Korea) – 9 goals
Photos courtesy of Sports Analysis
It was first time championship joy for Sri Lanka and Thailand at the Men’s and Women’s Asian Challenge.
Sri Lanka defeated Myanmar 3-1 to win the Men’s Challenge. Despite going a goal behind Sri Lanka came back to score three quick goals and win the first Men’s event. Thailand finished third.
Thailand reversed the earlier pool result to run away with a 3-0 win against Sri Lanka. It was a first international success for Thailand having twice lost the Indoor Asia Cup final in previous years. In an earlier game, Singapore defeated Pakistan 2-1 to win the bronze medal.