Japan men's hockey team wins gold in dramatic final against Malaysia 

Japan men's hockey team wins gold in dramatic final against Malaysia 

Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 11:29 p.m.

Antara/Jakarta - Japan men's hockey team secured their first-ever gold in the Asian Games after winning a dramatic penalty shootout against Malaysia at the Gelora Bung Karno hockey field in Jakarta on Saturday night.

Malaysia enjoyed a 5-2 lead but Japan rallied to a 6-6 draw, and then won the penalty shootout 3-1. 

The two teams showed strong determination throughout the match. Muhammad Razie's goal from the penalty box put Malaysia in the lead. Five minutes later, Japan equalized through Tanaka Seren’s goal.

Malaysia regained the lead after Tengku Ahmad scored two goals in the 10th and 11th minute, making it 3-1 for Malaysia. 

In the second quarter, Malaysia intensified their attack. Malaysia’s Saari Faizal scored from a penalty corner in the 16th minute.

The three-goal difference pressured Japan to attack aggressively through the wing. Japan reduced the gap to 4-2 through Tanaka Kenta’s goal in the 22nd minute. 

Reporter: Azis Kurmala

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