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Hero Hockey World League Round 2 - Women

New Delhi, India - February 18-24, 2013
Local time is 12:03pm

Russia v Japan

Round Robin

# Info Date Teams Score Status Match Sheet
February 21st, 2013
7 Round Robin 10:00am Russia RUS - JPN Japan 1 - 1 (1 - 0) (2 - 3 SO) Final      

Match Report

Russia came within 45 seconds of a famous win over world number nine side Japan only for Aki Mitsuhashi to nick in a dainty deflection to Sachimi Iwao’s free to tie up matters in the final minute of this Hero Hockey World League Round Two tie.

To compile the Russian woes, Japan earned the bonus point with a winning draw, Rika Komazawa coolly out-thinking Oxana Serezhkina for the vital goal in a 3-2 shoot-out success.

It salvaged a tricky situation for the tournament top seeds who fell behind to a brilliant Tamara Ivanova effort, twisting and turning in the circle before unleashing an unstoppable rising backhand shot. From there, the Russians defended robustly and kept out six penalty corners while Serezhkina made a number of fine saves.

The pick of them came from Kaya Fukano’s high shot, palming the ball dramatically away to safety. It looked like they were on course for victory that would have opened up the group entirely until the last minute when Iwao picked out Mitsuhashi to break their hearts.

In the shoot-out, the sides were neck-and-neck until the fifth round, both scoring in the first and third rounds and missing in the second and fourth series, leaving it locked at 2-2.

But Komazawa’s tight skills eventually put the Russian goalkeeper off balance and she slotted in. Ivanova could not match the feat as Ryoko Oie dived to sweep the ball to safety and a welcome bonus.

IND v MAS (Round Robin) MAS v KAZ (Round Robin)

POOL STANDINGS

Team Pld W WD LD L GD Pts
Round Robin
India  IND 5 4 0 1 0 22 13
Japan  JPN 5 3 2 0 0 29 13
Malaysia  MAS 5 3 0 0 2 9 9
Russia  RUS 5 2 0 1 2 13 7
Kazakhstan  KAZ 5 1 0 0 4 -24 3
Fiji  FIJ 5 0 0 0 5 -49 0

MATCHES

Feb 24, 2013
KAZ Kazakhstan
Fiji FIJ
JPN Japan
Malaysia MAS
RUS Russia
India IND
Aug 2, 2014 12:04pm
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