Hockey Asia Cup: Pak­istan to face Ja­pan to­day

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COLOMBO: Af­ter a com­pre­hen­sive 7-0 win over the hosts Bangladesh in their open­ing fix­ture of the 10th Hockey Asia Cup, Pak­istan next faces Ja­pan on Fri­day (to­day) at Dhaka's Maulana Bhashani Sta­dium. Ja­pan were beaten 1-5 by In­dia in their first match.

Ja­pan is yet to reach the podium at the Asia Cup though they have fin­ished fourth no less than four times.

This will be the fifth meet­ing between the two coun­tries in Asia Cup.

Pak­istan has won three and lost one.

Ja­pan's lone vic­tory came at the 2007 Asia Cup in Chen­nai, In­dia where they de­feated the Green Shirts 3-1.

That de­feat meant Pak­istan failed to reach the semi­fi­nals of a con­ti­nen­tal event (Asia Cup/Asian Games) for the first time. They even­tu­ally ended at the 6th spot.

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