India women's lose bronze to Japan

Last Updated: Sat, Sep 10, 2011 13:52 hrs

Ordos (China), Sept 10 (IBNS) India wasted a two-goal cushion as Japan scored a controversial golden goal in extra time off a penalty stroke to take the bronze medal in the Asian Women's Champions Trophy on Saturday.

India scored through Vandana Katariya (7th) and Rani Rampal (28th). Rika Komazawa (52nd), Kaori Fujio (63rd) and Ai Murakami (76th) struck the board for Japan..

Japanese capitalised on India´s errors in the second half to not only equalise but score a golden goal through Ai Murakami to destroy India´s dreams of going back home with at least a bronze medal.

Indian coach CR Kumar said that the umpiring was poor in the match.

"I cannot put everything on umpiring. We need to improve upon our fitness and play more high-intensity matches to be able to compete at the top level," he said.

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