Belgium vs Netherlands, Hockey World Cup 2018 Final, Match Highlights: Belgium are world champions after winning tie in shootout

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Belgium vs Netherlands, Hockey World Cup 2018 Final, Match Highlights: Belgium are world champions after winning tie in shootout
  • 21:28 (IST)

    So that's all we have for today! The men's Hockey World Cup 2018 comes to an end with Belgium lifting the title. Netherlands fought hard, but couldn't cross the line. Australia are winners of the bronze medal match, beating England 8-1. Bhubaneswar has been a superb host for the mega event, the crowd turning out in numbers to witness the matches. Of course, they would've been happier if the Indian had acheived glory here. 

    So thank you for joining with us. It was pleasure doing the Live blog. From Firstpost, we bid you goodbye! 

  • 21:20 (IST)

    Belgium captain Thomas Briels lifts the trophy!

    A proud day for the entire country. 

  • 21:15 (IST)

    Now it's time for the Belgium team players to collect their winners' medals. 

  • 21:10 (IST)

    Netherlands players are receiving their runners-up medals. 

  • 21:09 (IST)

    Best player of the tournament is Arthur Van Doren of Belgium. 

  • 21:08 (IST)

    Top scorers of the World Cup are Alexander Hendrickx of Netherlands and Australia's Blake Govers.

  • 21:07 (IST)

    Best goalkeeper of the tournament is Netherlands' Pirmin Blaak. 

  • 21:06 (IST)

    Best junior player of the tournament is Thijs van Dam from Netherlands.

  • 21:05 (IST)

    Maximum team goals award goes to Australia. 

  • 21:04 (IST)

    Fair Play Award of the World Cup goes to Team Spain. 

  • Amazing scenes here at the stadium. Hugs all around in Belgium camp, who performed a happy gig too. The Dutch are standing aside, stoic in defeat.

  • 20:59 (IST)

    That kind of night! 

  • 20:51 (IST)

    Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch is the Man of the Match. Calm under pressure, he did a great job in the shootout.  

  • 20:50 (IST)

    Belgium's SImon Goungnard is in tears. He is receiving warm hugs from his teammates. Just two days ago his father lost the battle against cancer and now pays the best ever tribute. A World Cup winner! 

  • 20:47 (IST)

    What a day for Belgium hockey!

  • MATCH SCORE BEL 0-0 NED

    SHOOTOUT SCORE BEL 3-2 NED

    BELGIUM!! They are the world champions! Jeroen Hertzberger misses in sudden death, and on this rainy night, the unassuming Belgians have made the World Cup their own. Phew!

  • 20:43 (IST)

    MATCH SCORE BEL 0-0 NED

    SHOOTOUT SCORE BEL 3-2 NED

    Goodness what drama! Belgium celebrated the victory once but the video referral came in the way. It was sudden death and Netherlands' Jeroen Hertzberger misses his shot. Belgium, for the first time in their history, have won the men's Hockey World Cup. 

  • 20:39 (IST)

    MATCH SCORE BEL 0-0 NED

    SHOOTOUT SCORE BEL 3-2 NED

    Hertzberger misses it! BELGIUM ARE WORLD CHAMPIONS!

  • 20:39 (IST)

    MATCH SCORE BEL 0-0 NED

    SHOOTOUT SCORE BEL 3-2 NED

    Belgium score! Van Aubel gives them the lead. Dutch refer it, but the goal stands. 

  • 20:39 (IST)

    MATCH SCORE BEL 0-0 NED

    SHOOTOUT SCORE BEL 3-2 NED

    Belgium score! Van Aubel gives them the lead. Dutch refer it, but the goal stands. 

  • 20:37 (IST)

    MATCH SCORE BEL 0-0 NED

    SHOOTOUT SCORE BEL 2-2 NED

    BELGIUM SCORE! Wait a minute, the Dutch are using their referral. So no goal! The ball hit Sloover's foot before he converted the chance.

    Belgium, who were celebrating, are shocked. 

  • 20:35 (IST)

    MATCH SCORE BEL 0-0 NED

    SHOOTOUT SCORE BEL 2-2 NED

    MISS! Thijs van Dam is down

  • 20:34 (IST)

    MATCH SCORE BEL 0-0 NED

    SHOOTOUT SCORE BEL 2-2 NED

    Victor Wegnez scores! It's 2-2 and sudden death.

  • 20:33 (IST)

    MATCH SCORE BEL 0-0 NED

    SHOOTOUT SCORE BEL 1-2 NED

    Van Ass misses it! Dutch fail to capitalise.

  • 20:32 (IST)

    MATCH SCORE BEL 0-0 NED

    SHOOTOUT SCORE BEL 1-2 NED

    Florent van Aubel scores for Belgium! 

  • 20:31 (IST)

    MATCH SCORE BEL 0-0 NED

    SHOOTOUT SCORE BEL 0-2 NED

    Superb from Jonas de Geus! Delivers under pressure and the Dutch double their lead.  

  • 20:31 (IST)

    MATCH SCORE BEL 0-0 NED

    SHOOTOUT SCORE BEL 0-1 NED

    Yet another miss! Denayer for the Belgium!

  • 20:30 (IST)

    MATCH SCORE BEL 0-0 NED

    SHOOTOUT SCORE BEL 0-1 NED

    The Dutch also miss their chance. Mirco fails to convert it. 

  • 20:29 (IST)

    MATCH SCORE BEL 0-0 NED

    SHOOTOUT SCORE BEL 0-1 NED

    Arthur van Doren misses! Superb from Pirmin Blaak who stops the hit twice.

  • 20:28 (IST)

    MATCH SCORE BEL 0-0 NED

    SHOOTOUT SCORE BEL 0-1 NED

    The Dutch go first and Hertzberger makes no mistake.  

     

  • BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    Shootout time! Would you believe it! The World Cup final being decided on penalties. That's rough on both teams who have given nothing away tonight. Netherlands did prevail in sudden death last night, and that gives them a genuine edge.

  • 20:23 (IST)

    BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    The fourth quarter comes to an end. No goals from both the team so the winner of the World Cup will be decided on shootout. 

  • 20:20 (IST)

    BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    SHOT! But it's wide. Good effort from Belgium's Der Kerpel.

  • 20:18 (IST)

    BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    SAVE! Vanasch does well to stop the hit from a Dutch player. Four minutes left in the match. Will we see a goal? Or will the winner of the World Cup be decided in shootout? 

  • BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    Just about five minutes on the clock. One can sense the urgency for a goal now, but the defence of both teams has been excellent. Spare a thought for the midfielders, though, who have created a majority of chances. Riveting hockey, this.

  • 20:14 (IST)

    BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    The Dutch are dominating the final quarter. Belgians are doing good to check all attacks. Less than eight minutes left.

  • BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    Last 15 minutes of this World Cup. Expect a change in gameplan. This has been a tense, slow burn. Plenty of moves but nothing on the scorecard. Meanwhile, the drizzle is steadily gaining momentum here.

  • 20:07 (IST)

    BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    And the final quarter of the men's Hockey World Cup is underway.  

  • 20:05 (IST)

    BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    And that's the end of the third quarter!  

  • 20:04 (IST)

    BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    Oh what a chance for the Dutch! Mirco Pruijser's hit is inches wide from the goal. 

  • BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    Belgium slowly mounting attacks but the Dutch defence has stood tall, again. These are so similar teams. so tough to pick favourites tonight. Gut feeling says a late goal will decide matters.

  • 19:59 (IST)

    BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    Less than six minutes left in the third quarter. Meanwhile, a decent chance for Belgium but Dockier's shot is not up to the mark. 

  • 19:57 (IST)

    BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    Not a free-flowing game. Plenty of good tackles from both the teams. 

  • 19:52 (IST)

    BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    Save! Thomas Briels' shot is saved by the Dutch goalkeeper.

  • 19:50 (IST)

    Well...

  • 19:49 (IST)

    BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    Alright then, time for the third quarter. 

  • 19:44 (IST)

    Here are the stats for the second quarter! 

  • BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    50 seconds to go in Q2, and The Netherlands get their second PC after their first was saved. And Belgium save again! They have been so composed inside their circle. Almost nerveless.

  • 19:37 (IST)

    BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    Another penalty corner for the Dutch. Two in quick time. 

  • 19:36 (IST)

    BELGIUM 0-0 NETHERLANDS

    First penalty corner of the game and the variation didn't work out. Well defended by the Belgians.

Preview: The Netherlands, which entered the final of men's hockey world cup in a thrilling victory against defending champion Australia, on Saturday said they are looking forward to play against Belgium on Sunday.

"We are looking forward for the final match. We learn from every game and there would be better tomorrow," said Netherlands captain Billy Bakker.

He said his team will do their best to avoid conceding late goals. "We need to make sure that we learn from these moments," added Billy.

Netherlands coach Max Caldas said both Belgium and the Netherlands play similar style of hockey and they will enjoy the final.

The coach said he saw the desire to win in his players' eyes and knows they will do their best to win the ultimate prize.

He also praised the performance of the goalkeeper who thwarted many dangerous opportunities to score for the Australia.

On the other hand, Australia coach Colin Batch said that it was disappointing that they lost the game.

"We are disappointed with this match. However, we need to move on and prepare for the next match against England for bronze medal on Sunday," said Colin.

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Updated Date: Dec 16, 2018 21:29:14 IST

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