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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

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Dec 16, 2018 - 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! 

Dec 16, 2018 - 21:20 (IST)

Belgium captain Thomas Briels lifts the trophy!

A proud day for the entire country. 

Dec 16, 2018 - 21:15 (IST)

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

Dec 16, 2018 - 21:10 (IST)

Netherlands players are receiving their runners-up medals. 

Dec 16, 2018 - 21:09 (IST)

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

Dec 16, 2018 - 21:08 (IST)

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

Dec 16, 2018 - 21:07 (IST)

Best goalkeeper of the tournament is Netherlands' Pirmin Blaak. 

Dec 16, 2018 - 21:06 (IST)

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

Dec 16, 2018 - 21:05 (IST)

Maximum team goals award goes to Australia. 

Dec 16, 2018 - 21:04 (IST)

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

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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