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India vs Belgium, Hockey World Cup 2018 Highlights: India, Belgium play out thrilling 2-2 draw

India vs Belgium, Hockey World Cup 2018 Highlights: India can practically seal a spot in the quarter-finals with a win but they have not been able to beat Belgium in their last eight meetings.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: December 2, 2018 8:57:36 pm
India vs Belgium, Hockey World Cup 2018 Highlights: India can seal a place in the quarter-final with a win. (PTI Photo)

India vs Belgium, Hockey World Cup 2018 Highlights: The match was a story of two halves. In the first, Belgium were looking a class above the hosts. They were dominating possession and stifling India in those rare moments that they managed to get forward. Harendra Singh seemed to have worked his magic at half time, for his charges were a different team when they came out for the third quarter.

Harmanpreet Singh equalised for India with a penalty stroke and Simranjeet Singh then made it 2-1. Belgium managed to equalise late into the match and that is the way the scoreline remained.

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India vs Belgium, Hockey World Cup 2018 Highlights:

20:37 (IST)02 Dec 2018
THE HOOTER BLOWS, INDIA 2-2 BELGIUM

India remain top of Group C because of their superior goal difference. What an incredible game of hockey this has been. Belgium would be the more disappointed lot, not just because of the fact that they remain second; they could have won this match. But India were an entirely different team in the second half and in the end, the world no 3 and world no 5 cancel each other out. 

20:31 (IST)02 Dec 2018
1 min left in Q4

Surender with a needless lofted ball that Belgium clear. The latter are playing without a keeper and so Indai should have tried to keep possession. 

20:28 (IST)02 Dec 2018
GOAL! India 2-2 Belgium (Gougnard 56 mins)

Gougnard equalises for Belgium and silence falls around the place once again. Hits it through the legs of Sreejesh and they are back in it. 

20:25 (IST)02 Dec 2018
5 mins left in Q4

Belgium seeing more of the ball but it is India who are doing the stifling now. Sumit steals the ball with a brilliant tackle and it looked like he might be able to dribble his way into a good position. Not quite. Meanwhile, make sure you turn up the volume for this.

20:21 (IST)02 Dec 2018
8 mins left in Q4

Surender trying a flat ball into the box from the right, no one able to take it in control. India only need to hog the ball as much as possible at the moment. What a turnaround from the hosts!

20:19 (IST)02 Dec 2018
GOAL! India 2-1 Belgium (Simranjeet 47 mins)

Simranjeet completes India's comeback. Brilliant move by India to bring that chance, Khotajit with a run along the goalline and he passes it square, Simranjeet keeps his cool and scores his third goal of the tournament, 

20:13 (IST)02 Dec 2018
End of third quarter

Varun with a lofted ball into the D and Lalit tries to ramp it into goal. He has done that before but it doesn't quite come off this time, 

20:07 (IST)02 Dec 2018
GOAL! India 1-1 Belgium (Harmanpreet PS 40 mins)

INDIA EARN A PENALTY STROKE! Harmanpreet's flick takes the leg of a Belgian defender at the goal line and the stroke is given. It is Harmanpreet who takes it and he does so perfectly. 

19:59 (IST)02 Dec 2018
7 mins left in Q3

India put together a few quick passes and are into the D but Akashdeep cannot quite control it. The hosts have turned up the heat in this third quarter.

19:58 (IST)02 Dec 2018
8 mins left Q3

India's first PC of the match is flicked by Harmanpreet, Belgian keeper Vincent Vanasch with a brilliant save with his stick. 

19:53 (IST)02 Dec 2018
11 mins in Q3

Harmanpreet with a lovely flighted ball that Simranjeet takes down well, he passes it across the face of goal, Dilpreet beings it into control right at the goal-mouth but his shot is blocked away. 

19:52 (IST)02 Dec 2018
13 mins left in Q1

Sumit plays a cross but Chinglensana can't quite get his stick to it. Mandeep then plays the ball square but it doesn't quite come together for India. 

19:48 (IST)02 Dec 2018
Not a great 1st half for India

And the stats are only a reflection of that. Belgium have moved the ball better and stifled India whenever they managed to get forward. 

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19:38 (IST)02 Dec 2018
2 mins left in Q2

India have not been able to match up the ball speeds that the Belgians have been able to get. Sreejesh had to be alert to a bullet of a ball that came into the D and was deflected towards his goal. 

19:36 (IST)02 Dec 2018
5 mins left in Q2

India now have more possession and the Belgian defence are being kept pretty busy. But they are not able to get a clear chance for goal or a PC. 

19:30 (IST)02 Dec 2018
8 mins left in Q2

Green card for Akashdeep for tripping a Belgian player and India are temporarily down to 10 men

19:26 (IST)02 Dec 2018
12 mins left in Q2

Sumit with a meandering run to take the ball away from the Indian third all the way deep into the opposition half, tries to play a one-two with Lalit but the latter's pass has too much on it for Sumit. 

19:24 (IST)02 Dec 2018
End of 1st quarter

Lakra with a ball from his own half into the opposition D for Akashdeep who flicks it towards Mandeep. It looked like his shot was saved initially but it's actually wide from Mandeep. He is consistent with shots at the goal mouth but this time he misses it. And that is how the 1st quarter has gone for India. 

19:20 (IST)02 Dec 2018
2 mins left in Q1

Belgium are dominating possession. India have been trying make their way into the D but they aren't even able to provoke a PC. 

19:18 (IST)02 Dec 2018
4 mins left Q1

Akashdeep with an absolute beauty of a ball to Lalit Upadhyay on the left but he can't get past the Belgian defence. Then Akashdeep himself tries to make his way through the middle, he too hits the red wall. 

India vs Belgium Hockey Live Score, Hockey World Cup 2018: (PTI Photo)

India vs Belgium Hockey Live Score, Hockey World Cup 2018 Live Streaming: India’s second match of the tournament is easily their most important of the group stage. The winner, after all, will be all but assured of a direct place in the quarterfinals instead of going through the tricky cross-over tie, where the Pool C runners-up will meet the third-placed side of Pool D, which most likely will be either Malaysia or Pakistan. In that sense, Sunday’s match assumed high significance. If rankings are an indication, then there isn’t much to separate the two teams — Belgium are third, just two places above India. The more revealing stat that highlights the gulf between the two teams is that since 2013, the two sides have met 19 times with Belgium winning 13 of them. India, on the other hand, have managed to beat them just five times while one has ended in a draw. Narrow the search further and you find out that India have won just one out of the last eight encounters.