Recovering from its 0-3 loss to Malaysia in the tournament opener on Thursday, Japan’s goals came through a powerful penalty corner conversion by Shota Yamada in the 18th minute and an open field strike by Wataru Matsumoto in the 51st. Yamada was adjudged player of the match.
Siegfried Aikman, Japan’s coach, said, “We should have scored more goals. I know my boys can do it. We are stepping up all the time and kept playing an attacking game.”
“The youngsters may have made some errors in their enthusiasm, but they played an enterprising game, maintained focus and created chances.”
Japan now takes on defending champion India in Sunday's only game. The match begins at 9.10pm.