Japan lost all three of their matches in the group stage, but their challenge for India will not be easy.
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As expected, as thought, did not happen. Now one can only hope that the end will be good. This is the expectation Indian hockey team K’s fan. At the FIH Hockey World Cup 2023 held in Odisha, the Indian men’s hockey team failed to make it to the quarter-finals, losing at home. Now he has the only chance to salvage some respect and avoid further relegation in his last match. On Thursday, January 26, India will face Japan, which will decide where the Indian team will reach the tournament.
A loss to New Zealand in the crossover did not allow the Indian team to reach the quarter-finals, let alone the title. That is, the Indian team could not even make it to the top 8 in the tournament with 16 teams. Now the challenge before him is that the remaining 8 teams should at least be at the top. In this endeavour, Team India will take on Japan on January 26, i.e. Republic Day, Thursday, which will determine the 9th to 16th place rankings.
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Asian champion Japan will compete
Team India had a good start to the tournament and even against New Zealand in the crossover, they had a great start but they paid dearly for their failure to capitalize on opportunities. This weakness could weigh heavily on Japan as well. Asian champions Japan may have lost all three of their matches in the group stage but they could pose a challenge to the Indian team. Especially considering the fact that Team India’s attack is not showing any edge at all. Among them, the penalty corner failure is the most thorny.
Losing here is even worse
A win in this match, to be held at the Birsa Munda Stadium in Rourkela, will also give the Indian team a chance to play the next match, as the team will try to reach the 9th position. If the team loses to Japan, it will have to fight for the last 2-3 places, which will be the worst performance in the history of the World Cup.