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USA hold Asian champion Japan to 2-2 draw, enter semifinals

PTI bhubaneswar
Updated: 10-06-2019 11:08 IST
USA hold Asian champion Japan to 2-2 draw, enter semifinals

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The USA continued a fine run and held Asian champions Japan 2-2 to qualify for the semi-finals as Pool B toppers in the FIH Series Finals hockey tournament here Monday. The match between world no. 18 Japan and the world no. 35 The USA witnessed a hard-fought first two quarters but both the teams failed to break the deadlock till half-time.

Deegan Huisman (41st, 51st minutes) scored a brace for the Americans to give Japan a few nervous moments. After Kenta Tanaka's goal in the 45th minute, Japan was made to fight hard and finally managed to draw level a minute before the final hooter through a penalty corner conversion by Shuguru Hoshi.

Both Japan and USA have seven points from three games but the Americans, who have impressed one and all in the tournament so far, finished on top by virtue of better goal difference. The USA, thus, directly qualified for the last-four round, while Japan will have to play the cross-overs to make it to the semifinals.

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