India's PR Sreejesh says playing world champions Belgium will be 'preparatory test' for hockey Olympics qualifiers against Russia
Sreejesh feels India's tour to Belgium from 26 September to 3 October will make the team sharp and ready for the Olympic Qualifiers to be held on 1 and 2 November in Bhubaneswar.
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Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium's decade of dreams and sweat translates to golden glory in Bhubaneswar
More than individual brilliance, Belgium's maiden World Cup is the culmination of a decade of structural efforts that have gone into building this all-conquering team.
Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium beat Netherlands in shoot-out to seal title; Australia thrash England 8-1 to nab bronze
It was a great day for Belgium hockey as the country registered its second biggest international title after the Olympics silver in Rio in 2016.
Australia vs Netherlands, Hockey World Cup 2018 Semi-final, Match Highlights: Dutch make to final after winning in shootout
Catch the Live score and updates from the Hockey World Cup 2018 second semi-final match between Australia and Netherlands
Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium thrash hapless Pakistan to set up quarter-final clash against Germany
While Pakistan will pack their bags and return home after their heavy defeat at the hands of the Belgians, Belgium will take Germany in the quarter-finals on Thursday.
Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium thrash South Africa 5-1 in Pool C match to ensure participation in cross-over round
Alexander Hendrickx scored a brace while Simon Gougnard (18th), Loick Luypaert (30th) and Cedric Charlier (48th) were the other goal-getters for Belgium
Hockey World Cup 2018: India coach Harendra Singh says change of structure, game plan at half-time worked against Belgium
Harendra Singh said a change of structure and game plan at half-time turned things around for India after conceding an early goal in the draw against Belgium.
In the contest between World No. 11 Canada and World No. 15 South Africa, both teams fought hard in the opening two quarters and did not give each other an inch of advantage to remain goalless at half time.
Hockey World Cup 2018, India vs Belgium, Highlights: Match ends at 2-2 after late goal from Simon Goungnard
Catch the Live score and updates from the Hockey World Cup 2018 Pool C match between India and Belgium
In the 12th minute, captain Thomas Briels found the back of the net again for Belgium but the goal was disallowed after Canada went for the referral, claiming the ball hit his hand before rolling on to the goal.
Hockey World Cup 2018: Resurgent Belgium aiming for first major title after faltering in Rio Olympics final
Belgium's record at World Cups is poor with a fifth-place finish in the 2014 edition being their best performance till date. The Red Lions will be gunning to claim their first major title.
Hockey World Cup 2018: Captain Manpreet Singh warns against complacency as India prepare for South Africa in opener
With less than two weeks to go for the World Cup, India, headed by captain Manpreet Singh, are busy making final preparations for their campaign as hosts.
India are unbeaten in the tournament so far with 3-2 and 5-4 win over hosts New Zealand and higher-ranked Belgium.
Four Nations Invitational Hockey: India edge past Belgium in match punctuated by defensive brain fades
Great moves, smart deceptive play punctuated by defensive brain fades but a match that India would like to remember in a year that should see them march up the rankings, one tiny step after the other.
Four Nations Invitational Hockey: India fail to solve Belgium equation yet again after narrow loss in final
It’s not an hour of despair with India trying some really talented youngsters, but the equations that have become so complex against Belgium need to be solved.
India failed to convert any of the four penalty corners and ended up losing 0-2 to Belgium at the Four Nations Invitational tournament at the Blake Park in Tauranga on Thursday.
Four Nations Invitational Hockey: India's midfield, forward line guilty of sluggish display in defeat against Belgium
Consistency, that bugbear of India's hockey team raised its snarling head once again, as the national team went down 0-2 to the Olympic silver medallists Belgium at Blake Park in Tauranga.