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ESB Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge I (Women)

Dublin, Ireland - June 18-26, 2011
Local time is 12:51am

India v Japan

Quarterfinal

# Info Date Teams Score Status Match Sheet
June 23rd, 2011
14 Quarterfinal 12:30pm India IND - JPN Japan 0 - 1 (0 - 0) Final  

Match Report

Japan squeaks into Semi-Finals

It took nearly the entire game, but in the end, Japan secured its spot in the Electric Ireland FIH Champions Challenge 1 Semi-Finals with a 1-0 win against India.

The deciding goal came with five minutes left in regulation when Keiko Manabe threaded a perfect pass from midfield to Ai Murakami who made a diving effort to deflect the ball into the goal. The marker ended more than 60 minutes of back-and-forth action that saw the two evenly-matched teams thwarting each other’s offensive efforts.

India had strong support at the game with a vocal crowd backing the team, but the scoring chances weren’t threatening for Japan. Meanwhile, Japan used its speed, but couldn’t take advantage of any breakaways until the long pass goal.

The Japanese win was the second Quarter Final upset of the day. Japan, which finished third in its preliminary round group, will face Spain, which finished fourth in its group in a Semi-Final that few would have predicted.

India will face South Africa in its first of two placement games.

RSA v ESP (Quarterfinal) SCO v AZE (Quarterfinal)

POOL STANDINGS

Team Pld W D L GD Pts
Pool A
South Africa  RSA 3 1 2 0 4 5
Scotland  SCO 3 1 2 0 2 5
Japan  JPN 3 1 1 1 -3 4
United States  USA 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Pool B
Ireland  IRL 3 2 1 0 2 7
India  IND 3 1 1 1 4 4
Azerbaijan  AZE 3 1 0 2 -5 3
Spain  ESP 3 0 2 1 -1 2

MATCHES

Jun 26, 2011
IND India
Azerbaijan AZE
RSA South Africa
Ireland IRL
ESP Spain
Scotland SCO
JPN Japan
United States USA
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