India humiliate Japan 10-2 to open Asian Champions Trophy campaign; Rupinder Pal Singh gets six goals

Skipper Rupinder Pal Singh was on-mark from the penalty corner spot to score six goals and give India a thumping 10-2 win in Malaysia.

India opened their Asian Champions Trophy campaign with a resounding win against Japan in Malaysia. (Source: AP File photo)

Keen to reclaim the title they won in 2011, India began it’s Asian Champions Trophy campaign with an astonishing 10-2 humiliation of Japan in Kuantan on Thursday.

Rupinderpal Singh, the only experienced drag-flicker in the squad, scored six goals from set pieces while Ramandeep Singh, who replaced an injured SV Sunil at the last minute, scored a brace for India. Youngster Affan Yousuf and Talwinder Singh scored a goal each to complete India’s remarkable start to the tournament.

Playing their first match since losing to Belgium in the Rio Olympics quarterfinals, India proved their title credentials, completely dominating a fast-improving Japan. India is the highest-ranked team in the tournament and are favourites to win the gold medal. Defending champions Pakistan, meanwhile, were stunned by hosts Malaysia in their opening match, losing 4-2.

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