Bangladesh clinch 6th place

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Pns: Bangladesh finished their Hero Asia Cup Championship with clinching the sixth place and Japan on fifth after the latter blanked the hosts by 4-0 yesterday at the Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium.

Both Bangladesh and Japan earned the position in accordance with their expectations, as both the sides expressed their desire in the pre-tournament press meet when Japan coach told that they want to finish on five. And Bangladesh coach said that it would their achievement if they could on sixth place.

Bangladesh, after their woeful Pool phase demonstrated some of their potential against China to win the crucial encounter after coming from behind when they sealed the stunning 4-3 victory in shot-out after a hard fought 60 minutes stipulated time was locked on 3-3.

However, the match onset with Japanese maintaining an upper hand to create pressure on Bangladesh and also took lead on 17th minute when an ordinary hit of Yamada Shota went into the post and it looked Bangladesh’s defenders were just watching the ball going with slow motion (1-0).

Bangladesh, so far played better the first and third quarter, as they could halt the Japan on two goalless sessions but in the last quarter they conceded three goals.

After the goalless third quarter, Japan looked extreme in their approach to increase the tally and made the advantage 2-0 in the first minute of the fourth quarter with Kitazato Kenji making a cool finish of a right side attack.

In a span of another six minutes, Japan made the tally 4-0 when Kazuma Murata kept his cool to beat Bangladesh goalkeeper Asim Gope (substitute) from a tight angle and this time also Bangladesh defenders failed to stop the run (2-0).

Tanaka Seren and Tanak Kenta added one each on 49 and 52nd minute when the former hit the board from inside the circle and the latter converted a penalty corner (4-0).

Bangladesh, who conceded 3-1 defeat to Japan in their pool phase obtained only one penalty corner on 58th minute could not convert, as they had to leave without scoring even a goal.

PNS/Tamanna Khan

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