Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated the Indian Women’s Hockey Team for claiming silver medal after losing to Japan 1-2 in the final of the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta on Friday.
The Indian team secured the silver medal at the Asian Games for the first time since 1998, when they had lost to Republic of Korea by the same margin.
The Japanese team secured their victory with two goals from Penalty Corners which were scored by Minami Shimizu (11’) and Motomi Kawamura (44’) while India’s only goal was scored by Neha Goyal (25’).
Riding high on confidence, the Indian team started the first quarter well as they created a few opportunities which saw forwards Lalremsiami, Navneet Kaur and skipper Rani come close to scoring, but were denied by a rigid Japanese defense.
The Japanese got into the game and had their first real chance in the 8th minute as they forced Indian Goalkeeper Savita to make a save off Aki Yamada’s shot. The 10th minute saw India win their first PC of the match as Navneet Kaur pushed the ball onto a Japanese defender’s foot.