India put up a vastly improved performance against Belgium but the latter kept fighting back. India were leading 2-0 at one point before Belgium nipped one back. They then slammed the second to cancel out India’s lead before Rupinder Pal Singh scored from a penalty corner. Cedric Charlier scored yet again and the score was 3-3 when the hooter blew. The penalty shootout went pretty much the way the match did. India took a 2-0 lead but Belgium came back. In the sudden death, Harmanpreet scored while Akash Chikte saved the Belgian effort.
India vs Belgium, HWL Final 2017 quarter final highlights:
2115 hrs IST: INDIA THROUGH TO THE SEMI-FINAL OF HWL 2017 FINAL! They have beaten Olympic silver medallists and European silver medallists Belgium to go through. As was the case in the match, India took the lead in the shootout but Belgium fought back. It went into sudden death, Harmanpreet managed to turn it in for India and Akash Chikte saved the subsequent Belgian attempt. Belgium were the favourites to win this but India were clinical
2058 hrs IST: HOOTER BLOWS! THE MATCH WILL BE DECIDED VIA PENALTY SHOOTOUT. In the end, both sides unable to find a way through. It has been a fantastic game of hockey in Bhubaneshwar.
2056 hrs IST: Belgium mess up a penalty corner routine and that is followed by some incredible defending from India. Both sides are unable to find a way through and it does look like it will go a to shootout
2047 hrs IST: GOAL! Cedric Charlier equalises yet again for Belgium. Belgium rewarded for their determined pressing, Charlier goes for the shot but it looks like the ball went in due to a deflection from Harmanpreet. It has been credited to Charlier for now
2042 hrs IST: Belgium try to slip one in but India take possession in their own half, Mandeep then passes the ball deep into the opposition half and finds Akashdeep brilliantly. Akashdeep takes the shot after dribbling into the D and it is just wide of goal
2039 hrs IST: GOAL! And India pull one back. Another PC, another goal. India try nothing cheeky this time, Rupinder Pal Singh drag flicks it right into goal. The Belgians go for the referral. It seems India trapped the ball just inside the D, the goal stands
2036 hrs IST: GOAL! Belgium convert an early penalty corner they got in the final quarter. India’s lead has been cancelled.
2032 hrs IST: Sumit driblles all the way into the D through the right and tries to flick it over the keeper. The latter manages to save it and no Indian stick is able to get to the rebound. The third quarter comes to an end shortly after that, India 2-1 Belgium
2029 hrs IST: India scored in the 31st and 35th minute while Belgium scored in the 39th. That is three goals in 10 minutes of the third quarter. The game has well and truly come alive.
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2027 hrs IST: GOAL! And Belgium pull one back. They won a penalty corner and didn’t need to make the extra effort that India had to just a few minutes earlier. Luypaert dragflicks it into goal, Belgium nip one back
2020 hrs IST: GOAL! How about that! Harmanpreet scores from a brilliant penalty corner routine from India. Manpreet takes the PC and Rupinder back passes the ball instead going for the shot itself, Harmanpreet is at the end of it and drag flicks it, the Belgian keeper stood no chance. India double their lead and it is a deserved second
2015 hrs IST: GOAL! Gurjant turns it in for India and they lead Belgium by a goal. This has been coming. India started the second half on the front foot. Sunil took the first shot from just inside the D but the Belgian keeper saves it with his leg. It fell back to an Indian stick and the keeper once again deflected the ball away from a shot but this time, it rebounded into goal off Gurjant. It was scrappy, but a goal nonetheless.
2010 hrs IST: Belgium dominated possession but India were dangerous on the counter. At the same time, India could have had at least two goals from open play apart from the two penalty corners. Thus far, though, it has been a vast improvement on how they played against England and Germany
2001 hrs IST: India win a penalty corner, Manpreet takes and Harmanpreet with the drag flick but Belgium are able to defend it succesfully. India got the PC due to a push on Mandeep Singh on the left in the D. That also calls for HALF TIME!
1955 hrs IST: Belgium hogging possession of the ball but India are looking dangerous on the counter so far. But the second quarter has not produced as many chances as there were in the first for both sides
1950 hrs IST: Another big chance for India. Gurjant crosses from the right this time and the keeper was completely beaten. Sunil tried to get there in time and made contact on the stretch, the ball goes just wide
1945 hrs IST: FIRST QUARTER ENDS, India 0-0 Belgium. India had at least two very good chances to score in the first quarter and Sunil will be kicking himself for that initial missed chance. Belgium started looking dangerous towards the end of that quarter and India’s defence were in sixes and sevens
1943 hrs IST: Belgium scored but the goal is dissallowed due to the use of back stick. A warning bell for the Indians as Belgium start pressing the Indian defence. Belgium seemed to have scored but India went for the referral.
1936 hrs IST: India had a good chance to score before that PC. Gurjant puts in a good ball from the left and it reaches Sunil. The keeper is caught out and Sunil only has to turn into a practically empty goal. But he is unable to control it and the chance goes abegging.
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1934 hrs IST: India get their first penalty corner, Manpreet takes but the shot, is a weak one, easily saved by the Belgian keeper.
1912 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Hockey World League final quarter final match between India and Belgium. India showed promise in the first match putting up a valiant effort against the traditionally strong Australians and drawing 1-1. But then they went on to lose to England, a team one would have expected India to win against and followed that up with a 2-0 loss to Germany. It has been a harsh reality check for India on home turf, and they would be hoping that they won’t be getting more of this here to stay in contention for the title.