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India thrash China 4-0 in Asian Champions Trophy hockey

New Delhi, Dec 20: India started their campaign on a winning note in the 2nd Asian Champions Trophy being played at Doha, Qatar. India defeated China 4-0 in their opening match of the tournament on
PTI December 20, 2012 22:14 IST
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New Delhi, Dec 20: India started their campaign on a winning note in the 2nd Asian Champions Trophy being played at Doha, Qatar.



India defeated China 4-0 in their opening match of the tournament on Thursday.

India scored through SV Sunil (13th minute), VR Raghunath (17th minute Penalty Corner & 52nd minute Penalty corner) and Birendra Lakra (53rd minute).

A fine field goal by SV Sunil in the 13th minute and a penalty corner conversion by Vice-Captain VR Raghunath in the 17th minute gave India 2-0 lead at the halftime.

India put the game out of China's reach when they scored two goals within a minute of each other.

VR Raghunath scored via penalty corner in the 52nd minute and Birendra Lakra found the nets on a deflection from Rupinderpal Singh in the next minute.

India will now face Japan in their next game to be played on Friday.