India vs Japan, women's final hockey live

India vs Japan, Women

A confident team of women's hockey from India will compete to win the gold medal after a long wait of 36 years when it faces Japan in the final of the XVIII Asian Games on Friday. India won the gold medal in 1982, the year in which women's hockey was included for the first time in the Asian Games program. They reached the final for the second time in 1998 when they lost 1-2 against South Korea. They won bronze medals in 2006 and 2014. The impressive Indian team remained unbeaten throughout the tournament, recording great victories against Indonesia (8-0), Kazakhstan (21-0), South Korea (4-1) and Thailand ( 5-0). ) in the stages of the pool and securing a tough 1-0 victory against a resilient Chinese team in the semifinal. India's form in the competition has been inspired by its determined defense in its five matches, which have seen them concede only once in 300 minutes of hockey, which was by a penalty stroke against South Korea. (MEDAL TALLY)

Asian Olympics 2018, India vs Japan Latest live updates of women's hockey directly from Jakarta, Indonesia

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Deep Grace Ekka, Deepika, Gurjit Kaur, Sunita Lakra and young Reena Khokhar have all played an important role in the defense. But coach Sjoerd Marijne believes that the merit of strong defense is due to the team's collective performance.

World No. 9 India became the best-ranked Asian team in the world after its quarterfinal final at the recent FIH Women's World Cup 2018, and captain Rani Rampal is determined to become the champion of the Asian Games as well.

The team's lead, led by the experience of Vandana Katariya and skipper Rani, has also been in mainstream form throughout the tournament, scoring a total of 39 goals. This includes 38 in four Group B matches and one in the semifinal in the five games they have played.

The Indian team will expect their strikers Navneet Kaur, Navjot Kaur and Lalremsiami to compete again when they seek to win their second gold medal in the Asian Games after winning a gold, a silver and three bronze medals in their previous nine appearances. .

The decisive match on Friday will also be India's second gold medal match at the Asian Games, with the team that lost its final match of 1998 1-2 against South Korea, and head coach Sjoerd Marijne distrusting the threat which represents the Japanese team, but believes that the team is brimming with confidence before the summit clash.

"We have played with Japan in the past and we know they are a strong team, they have played well in this tournament and deserve to be in the final," he said.

"But I think we have the quality and confidence to beat any team in the world, so it's important that we stick to our game plan and concentrate on producing the kind of performance worthy of being the Champion," he added. . .