Japan bounced back in Saturday’s second match to beat Poland 3-2. The winner came off a Hiroki Sakamoto penalty corner goal on nine minutes remaining. Earlier, Poland had given away a 1-0 and 2-1 lead.
The match started with high intensity from both sides. After Michal Raciniewski (7’) has taken the lead for Poland, his team started dancing on the pitch. However, the lead did not last long as Japan struck back one minute later. Team captain Koji Kayukawa (8’) was unmarked in the circle and made no mistake of slotting the ball past goalkeeper Arkadiusz Matuszak.
Poland got on the scoreboard before halftime when Adrian Krokosz (29’) added another goal from open play. The third quarter saw Japan’s Ippei Fujimoto (50’) scoring a stunning goal when he took the ball reverse-stick-side to fire it underneath the crossbar. The score now was tied 2-2.In the last quarter both teams went for the winner with both having chances to seal it. However, the winner was eventually scored by Sakamoto converting Japan’s only penalty corner in the 61st minute.