Hockey: India defeated World Champion Belgium

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Host India made a sensational efficiency, beating world champions and world primary group Belgium 2–1 within the FIH Pro League Hockey match on Saturday to register their second win within the match. In this match performed at Kalinga Stadium right here, India registered a convincing victory maintaining the World and European champions group beneath fixed strain.

For India, Mandeep Singh scored within the second minute and Ramandeep Singh scored within the 46th minute, whereas Belgium's solely objective was scored by Gothier Bockard within the 33rd minute. This is India's second win in three matches after qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics and comes second within the desk with eight factors. <! –


World quantity 5 India is taking part in for the primary time on this match and made an excellent begin within the match, defeating world quantity three Holland 5-2 within the first match on the identical stadium. The rating was tied at 3-Three however India received 3–1 within the penalty shootout.

The match attracts one level on the time the match is drawn and a bonus level can also be awarded for profitable the shoot-out, which supplies the group two factors. India acquired two factors from the second match towards Holland. This is the primary defeat in 5 matches of Belgium, who grew to become world champions in 2018 two years in the past on the identical Kaxalga Stadium, however they continue to be on prime of the desk with 11 factors.

The Indian group will now play their second match towards Belgium on Sunday. Indian goalkeeper Krishna Pathak received the Player of the Match award. Pathak mentioned after the match, 'We began properly and stored our rhythm within the match with exhausting work. We confirmed good protection, particularly on the penalty nook. Belgium had an equalizer within the final seconds after they acquired a penalty nook however India saved it. Pathak dealt with the goalkeeping within the first and third quarters whereas PR Sreejesh dealt with the goalkeeping within the second and fourth quarters.

Sreejesh saved the Belgian penalty nook within the final seconds. World champions Belgium dominated the match although and took 24 photographs on the Indian objective whereas India took six photographs on the Belgian objective however India capitalized on their possibilities. India took the lead within the second minute. On India's counter assault, Dilpreet took the shot, which Mandeep deflected to the objective. Bocard matched Belgium with a penalty nook within the 33rd minute however India's shot on the penalty nook within the 46th minute was blocked by a defender and the ball got here to Ramandeep on which he made no mistake in scoring. India achieved a convincing victory, retaining this one-goal lead until the tip.

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