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Hockey: China beat hosts Malaysia; India, Korea and Japan cruise in Asia Cup

China (red) began the defence of their Asia Cup title with a 3-0 win over hosts Malaysia. Photos: AHF.

China (red) began their Asia Cup defence with a 3-0 win over Malaysia. Photos: AHF.

September 22, 2013: Defending champions China beat hosts Malaysia 3-0 in Pool A on the opening day of the eighth Women’s Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Defender Wang Mengyu scored twice through short corners in the 15th and 52nd minutes, before Liang Meiyu rounded off the scoring from open play with two minutes left.

 

However, India – who lost 5-3 to China in the 2009 final in Bangkok – topped the pool after Saturday’s play by crushing Hong Kong 13-0, with Rani scoring seven goals, including six out the nine scored in the first half.

 

India lead Pool A after beating Hong Kong (red) 13-0.

India (blue) lead Pool A after beating Hong Kong 13-0.

Korea beat Kazakhstan 12-1 in the day’s opening match, despite only leading 3-0 at half-time.

 

Kim Da-rae scored the first four goals of the second half from open play, Cheon Seul-ki scored a hat-trick, while captain Kim Jong-eun converted two penalty corners and Park Mi-hyun also grabbed a brace. All four players were part of the Korean squad that finished eighth at last year’s Olympics.

 

Japan then topped their East Asian rivals’ achievement by routing Chinese Taipei 13-0 in the final match of the day, having already been 10-0 up at half-time.

 

Shiho Sakai converted three penalty corners, Aya Ueda also scored a hat-trick, while Emi Nishikori scored twice as Japan led Pool B on goal difference.

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