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AZLAN SHAH CUP
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SAS 2016: India starts with a narrow win (4/6/2016)
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Helped by a simple looking but timely low reverse flick from captain Sardar Singh, India eked out a narrow 2-1 win over Japan in the opening match of the 25th Azlan Shah Cup here in Ipoh.

Sardar Singh scored the winning goal a minute into the second half, which sustained full time. This goal this maestro's only his second goal in six Azlan Shah appearances.

Earlier, Pakistan defeated Canada 3-1 in the tournament opener.

Japan showed energy and enterprise in making more moves and hold on ball in the first quarter and then Kenji of Japan posted the winning goal off the first penalty corner.

Mid way of first half, Harmanpreet converted first Indian penalty to restore score parity. A minute form the the third quarter, Sardar struck to give India lead, which sustained till the end.

India got two successive penalty corners in the dying moments, but failed to convert any of them.

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