|June 20th, 2013|
|17||Placement||12:30pm||IND - JPN||0 - 4 (0 - 2)||Final|
Japan – India 4-0 (2-0 halftime)
Shiho Otsuka scored twice and paced Japan to a 4-0 win against India in the 5-8 placement game today. The win bumps Japan in the Saturday’s fifth-place game, while the Indian women will hope to avoid finishing last in the pack in the seventh-place game.
Japan played a solid and patient game of hockey, waiting for the best chances to work the ball deep into the Indian D for the easy goals. Ayaka Nishimura scored just two minutes into the game to set the tone. Otsuka followed up with a nearly mirror image goal to make it 2-0 at the break. Otsuka scored her second goal on the first trip down field of the second half to make it a commanding 3-0 lead. Yuri Nagai closed the scoring with 15 minutes left in the game with her point-blank goal.
Japan is working to finish as high as possible at this Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final tournament to increase their chances of qualifying for the Hockey World Cup 2014. Today was a big step in the right direction. On the other end of the spectrum, India will likely need to rely on making it to the World Cup via their Continental qualification tournament.
|June 20th, 2013 at 5:38 am||The air is thick in Rotterdam this morning as Japan and India take to the field for the first placement game of the day|
|June 20th, 2013 at 5:40 am||Japan jumps out to the quick 1-0 lead with a nice pass fed to point blank range in front of the net|
|June 20th, 2013 at 5:54 am||Japan doubles the lead with 17 minutes to go tin the half when Otsuka gets her stick on a centering pass.|
|June 20th, 2013 at 6:14 am||Japan takes the 2-0 lead into the break|
|June 20th, 2013 at 6:21 am||Japan needs just over 30 seconds to put in the 3-0 goal in the second half when Otsuka tips the ball in|
|June 20th, 2013 at 6:41 am||Japan scores the 4-0 goal on nearly the identical play as their other field goals this game, a centering pass to point blank range|
|June 20th, 2013 at 6:59 am||Japan will play for fifth place on Saturday in Rotterdam after earning the clear 4-0 win against India. Next up is Belgium v. Chile|