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Japan scores a dozen goals
09 Dec 2006 12:10

Japan booked a 12-1 win over Hong Kong at the men’s Asian Games hockey tournament in Doha, Qatar. After its performance against Malaysia, Hong Kong was brought back down to earth against a quicker and more skillful Japan. In other Saturday’s men’s action, Pakistan defeated Taipei 9-0, In the women’s Asian Games tournament, China took a 7-0 win over Taipei.

In the clash with Hong Kong, Japan's top scorer Takahiko Yamabori blasted in six goals, three in each half and all but one from penalty corners. Toshiaki Fukuda scored four while Hiroki Sakamoto, who had opened the scoring in the fourth minute, and Kazuhiro Tsubouchi grabbed the other Japanese goals.

Akbar Ali scored a consolation goal for Hong Kong in the 68th minute, but Japan immediately restored their 11-goal advantage through Fukudain the last minute with Japan's seventh penalty corner goal to leave Hong Kong rooted to the bottom of group A.

Afterwards, Kyoichi Nagaya declared himself happy with the performance. He said: ‘Our players played very well and we are satisfied with the result. But in the first half our defense and offence were not joined. We tried to score more goals, 12 goals is good, but still I'm not satisfied with this team because they are good and they could still get more and more goals.’

Looking ahead to their high profile clash against Pakistan on Sunday, he said: ‘It's a very important game for us because the Pakistanis are a very good side and they play very well. Tomorrow's match is going to be an interesting one and it also going to be a turning point of the tournament. We will try to make a defensive play and try to break their rhythm of play.’

Star striker Yamabori said: ‘I'm very happy with this game and happy that I could score today. Today the penalty corners were very good, it went well for me. Before I was not satisfied with my play in the tournament; today was very good, we had a variety of penalty corners we tried on Hong Kong and we were successful.’

After their crushing loss, Hong Hong coach Simon Chapman said: ‘I'm not really satisfied, it's frustrating for us. The boys are not used to playing in the mornings, they train late into the night. If we had played later in the day we would have scored more goals. Today our biggest problem was having to defend against Japan. They played very well today, they are the strongest team.’

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Source: Asian Games, Doha, Qatar.

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