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Indian women in final after 20 years 

Jakarta, August 29

The Indian women’s hockey team made its first Asian Games final in 20 years, outlasting three-time champions China 1-0 in a fiercely-contested battle. Gurjit Kaur’s strike from a penalty corner in the 52nd minute was the difference between the two sides in a match that lacked the quality of a high-profile semifinal.

India will make their first appearance in the final since the 1998 Bangkok Games. India’s only title at the Asiad came way back in 1982 when women’s hockey made its debut.

India will now face Japan, who upset five-time champions South Korea 2-0 in the other semifinal.

It was not the most fluent of matches with both India and China failing to create opportunities in the field. “The team surely did not play to its potential in the first half. They stepped up in the second half and I am really happy for these girls. I know how much work they put in to be here. Japan will be a tough challenge but the team is up for it,” said India coach Sjoerd Marijne.

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