Hockey World Cup 2018, India vs Belgium, Highlights: Match ends at 2-2 after late goal from Simon Goungnard

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Hockey World Cup 2018, India vs Belgium, Highlights: Match ends at 2-2 after late goal from Simon Goungnard
  • 20:48 (IST)

    That's all from us. Hope you have enjoyed our coverage of the match as much as the game. India were a goal down early on, but they fought hard and scored two good goals in the second-half. Harmanpreet Singh and Simranjeet Singh were the goal-scorers. But just minutes before the final hooter, Belgium scored to make it 2-2.

    An entertaining match indeed. 

    We will be back again on Saturday with India taking on Canada. If they win the match with a healthy scoreline, they can proceed to the quarter-final directly. 

    Thank you and hope you have a good week. 

  • 20:37 (IST)

    INDIA 2-2 BELGIUM 

    India conceded seconds after Belgium took off their goalkeeper. Still India had four minutes to make most of the advantage. Nevertheless, India go on top of the table with four points. Belgium are second on same points but India's goal difference is better. 

  • 20:33 (IST)

    INDIA 2-2 BELGIUM 

    And it's all over! What a game! Both teams gave their best today. Indians dominated the second-half after Belgium enjoyed one goal lead in the first 30 minutes. 

  • 20:31 (IST)

    INDIA 2-2 BELGIUM 

    Lass than a minute left. Time's running out

  • INDIA 2-2 BELGIUM 

    ...And almost on cue, they score! It's 2-2 as they finally get past Sreejesh. It was always on the cards though, as they were constantly on the counter.

  • 20:27 (IST)

    INDIA 2-2 BELGIUM 

    GOAAL! Belgium get the crucial goal! Not so good defending by India. Simon Goungnard with the powerful hit inside the D.

  • INDIA 2-1 BELGIUM 

    Less than five minutes to go, and Belgium on the press. They have taken off their goalie....interesting...

  • 20:23 (IST)

    Bhubaneswar is buzzing! 

     

  • INDIA 2-1 BELGIUM 

    India have the lead, and Simranjeet gets on the scoresheet. Belgium mount a counterattck, but can't beat Varun. Can India hold on for 9 minutes? That's a lot of time, by  the way.

  • 20:20 (IST)

    INDIA 2-1 BELGIUM 

    Indians will know the game is not over yet. More than nine minutes left in the quarter. Belgium are a world class side and they should never be taken for granted. It's just a one goal lead for India. 

  • 20:15 (IST)

    INDIA 2-1 BELGIUM 

    GOAAAAAAL! Simranjeet Singh with a solid tap in! Kothajit Singh doing all the hard work from the left wing to pass it to Simranjee, who makes no mistake from a close range. 

  • 20:13 (IST)

    INDIA 1-1 BELGIUM 

    Last 15 minutes of the game. Can we have a winner here? For sure it will be an exciting quarter. 

  • 20:12 (IST)

    INDIA 1-1 BELGIUM 

    Brilliant from Varun, who gets the ball in the centre and gives a terrific long pass to Mandeep, but the forward fails to control it. And that's the end of the third quarter. 

  • INDIA 1-1 BELGIUM 

    Finally, India on the charge. Some circle entries coming through and a whole lot of purpose in the attack. The crowd right behind the Indians.

  • 20:07 (IST)

    INDIA 1-1 BELGIUM 

    Less than four minutes left in the quarter. India need keep the momentum and not let go of the pressure. 

  • 20:03 (IST)

    INDIA 1-1 BELGIUM 

    GOAAAAL! Harmanpreet SIngh makes no mistake. A deserving goal for India. Varun Kumar's penalty corner earned a stroke for India and now they are level. 

  • 20:02 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    PENALTY STROKE FOR INDIA! 

  • 20:01 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    Yet another penalty corner after Varun's shot hits Belgium defender's foot.

  • 20:00 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    India dominating this quarter. And now they have another penalty corner. Indians are pumped up! 

  • 19:58 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    Now it's time for Sreejesh to pull off a good save. Nice one-two from Belgium's attackers, but Sreejesh ensures they don't double their lead. 

  • 19:56 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    SAVE! Yet again from Belgium's goalkeeper. Harmanpreet Singh's shot has power and direction, but unfortunate not to find the goal.

  • 19:54 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    Penalty corner for India! Their first of the match. Skipper Manpreet Singh with a ssuperb solo effort to give India the chance. 

  • 19:53 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    SAVE! Superb save from Belgium goalkeeper. Simranjeet's terrific pass finds Dilpreet, but Belgium goalkeeper comes in the way of the goal. 

  • 19:51 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    Good start from India. two really solid moves from the left wing, but Belgium's defence equally good. 

  • 19:49 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    Ok, time for the third quarter. As coach Harendra Singh puts it out in the break, India need to protect the centre area, which Belgium exploited in the first two quarters. 

  • INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    Right, end of first half and India are one goal down. Belgium have come out blazing, and had it not been for some stubborn defence from Varun and Birendra, India could have been worse placed.

  • 19:40 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    End of the second quarter. It's time for the break. India need to up the ante and take control of the game in the rest of the remaining quarters. 

  • 19:37 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    Belgium are known for their defence and so far, they are showing their class. They are doing really well in stopping Indians from penetrating the circle. 

  • 19:35 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    Less than five minutes left in the second quarter. The game's tempo has gone down a bit, and India are not creating many chances.

  • 19:31 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    Belgium enjoying most of the possession. It's 62 percent to India's 38. 

  • 19:29 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    Another good chance for India! Dilpreet gets the ball in an empty space and runs forward only to hit the shot wide. Very selfish considering Lalit was out there in a dangerous position.  

  • INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    Belgium, as expected, have been resolute in defence and they have mounted quite a few attacks from the left. India's defence, especially Lakra, have been good so far.

  • INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    India have been poor with their trapping so far, with Mandeep and Lalit missing interceptions. That Mandeep's miss in the last seconds of first quarter was pretty ordinary, to say the least.

  • 19:23 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    Alright then, it's time for the second quarter. 

  • 19:23 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    And that's the end of the first quarter. India with a golden chance just before the small break. 

  • 19:22 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM 

    WHAT A CHANCE! Mandeep Singh comes close to equalise after Lakra's long ball and Dilpreet's flick but the shot is wide. 

  • 19:16 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM

    Five minutes left in the first quarter. India need to comeback stronger in the game. They have basically allowed Belgium to play their game. 

  • INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM

    Another video referral from Belgium, and they get it for a dangerous ball from Varun Kumar. That's third PC and it's a GOAL! Stunned silence at the Kalinga.

  • 19:14 (IST)

    INDIA 0-1 BELGIUM

    Yet another penalty corner for Belgium and this time they make no mistake.Superb drag flick from Alexander Hendrickz to give Belgium the lead in the match.  

  • 19:09 (IST)

    INDIA 0-0 BELGIUM

    Strong start from Belgium. They are not letting Indians to control the match, but home team's defence has been spot on so far.

  • INDIA 0-0 BELGIUM

    Wow, nervy moments already. Belgium induce two PCs in first minute but Sreejesh stands tall. Expect a counter attack from India soon.

  • 19:05 (IST)

    INDIA 0-0 BELGIUM

    No chance for Belgium as Sreejesh does enough to save the penalty corner. The ball is away from danger. 

  • 19:05 (IST)

    INDIA 0-0 BELGIUM

    It's a bad hit, but Belgium get another chance as the ball hits Manpreet Singh's leg.

  • 19:04 (IST)

    INDIA 0-0 BELGIUM

    Early referral for Belgium for a penalty corner. They get the decision in their favour.

  • 19:02 (IST)

    INDIA 0-0 BELGIUM

    The match is underway at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar. 

  • 18:59 (IST)

    National anthems time! We are minutes away from the start. 

  • 18:57 (IST)

    Here's Indian XI

    Harmanpreet Singh, Kothajit Singh, Surendra Kumar, Manpreet Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Lalit Upadhaya, PR Sreejesh, Neelkanth Sharma, Varun Kumar, Akashdeep Singh, Chinglensana Singh.

  • 18:53 (IST)

    That's the Belgium line-up for the match! 

  • A very warm welcome from the Kalinga Stadium, where India and Belgium will paly what coach Harendra Singh believes is a virtual pre-quarterfinal. The weekend crowd has filled in, and this has all the makings of a humdinger. Get ready!

  • 18:34 (IST)

    Amit Rohidas talks about Indian team's preparations

Preview: Having started their World Cup campaign on a promising note, Indian hockey team chief coach Harendra Singh on Saturday said that his boys will approach their second Pool C match against formidable Belgium on Sunday like a pre-quarterfinal.

The Indians had thrashed South Africa 5-0 in their campaign opener last Wednesday with a superb display of attacking hockey. But Belgium, who are one of the title contenders, are expected to be a much tougher test.

Placed at the third spot in the world rankings, the Europeans had struggled to beat minnows Canada 2-1 in the opening match of Pool C. But despite that slow start, Harendra is not ready to take Belgium lightly.

"We consider the match against Belgium as our pre-quarterfinal match. Belgium has been playing modern hockey consistently since last 4-5 years. India has been playing attacking hockey since 5-6 months. India-Belgium match will be a tough contest," Harendra told the media on the eve of the match.

Harendra however asserted that India are confident of putting up a good show against Belgium.

He said India has to give special attention to the mid-field and efforts will be made to keep the ball in the centre and play attacking hockey.

"Belgium are very good in circle penetrations and they play vertical hockey for which we are well prepared," said the chief coach.

He explained how the Indian crowds give his team a boost and wanted his players to exploit their home ground advantage in all their matches.

"We never considered the home crowd is a pressure for us, they are our twelfth man. We will not allow any team to dominate us," Harendra said.

"We never discuss what happened in the past in our dressing room. We always talk about our strength and how to overcome our past mistake. If we conceded a goal in the first quarter, we will have three more quarters to make a come back," the coach added.

Forward turned midfielder Akashdeep Singh shared his happiness in his new role as an offensive midfielder.

"I am happy with my new position and enjoying the role of link man for my team. My coach advised me to play in the mid-field, which is also a vital place for the team to score as well as make new move," he said.

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Updated Date: Dec 02, 2018 20:48:56 IST

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