CHI Japan is new force in Asian hockey as it finished second in the four-nation Hamburg Masters hockey behind Olympic champions Germany , according to information received here.
Germany scored great 5-1 victory against the Netherlands to grab the top spot in the competition. A young Netherlands finished third and India fourth.
Japans took second position after defeating Holland and drawing with India 4-all.
Japans Katsuya Takase was declared best keeper of the competition.
Germany had their best game in this competition against the Netherlands. Pushed forward by a phenomenal crowd, Germany were 4-0 in front after 61 minutes of play. The Netherlands had to work hard to score at least one goal. Tim Jenniskens was the only one who was able to defeat the well-performing goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi, his great deflection left him no chances. 42 seconds before the final whistle German youngster Florian Fuchs made his second goal today.
With three victories, Germany became Hamburg Masters champion for the 11th time. Defeated by Japan and Germany, the young Dutch team finished third.
Japan were the surprise package in this competition. After a great victory over the Netherlands, they had some trouble finding their way into this game. India dominated at the beginning and were 2-0 in front. Japan fought hard to come back into this game and equalised in the 49th minute. Now India played stronger again and gained a 4-2 lead. But Japan did not give up: Katsuyoshi Nagasawa converted a penalty corner in the 55th minute and brought hopes back to his team.
Japan put India under pressure during the last five minutes of play and succeeded: Captain Kazuhiro Tsubouchi wanted to pass to a team-mate but an Indian player deflected the ball unlucky in his own goal.
With four points in total Japan turned second, India became last with one point.