Japan blanked India 2-0 in a 5th to 8th placing match of the Women's Hockey World League Semifinal at Johannesburg, South Africa today. 

India made a zestful start to their campaign against Japan with Monika getting an early shot on goal in the opening minute of the game. 

But Japan’s goalkeeper Megumi Kageyama made a good save to deny India the early lead. Japan

took lead in the seventh minute by successfully converting the first Penalty Corner of the match.Japan’s second goal also came through a Penalty Corner in the 29th minute. 

Though India played a much better third and fourth quarter, it wasn't enough to stop Japan from walking away with the win.
India will play seventh and eighth placing match on Saturday.

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