इंडियन आवाज़     24 Mar 2019 02:31:39      انڈین آواز

Hockey WC: Belgium upstage two time winner Germany 2-1 to book Semi final berth


Harpal Singh Bedi / Bhubaneswar

Playing with a clinical precision Belgium upstaged two time winner Germany 2-1 to make their maiden entry in the semi finals of the Hockey World Cup at Kalinga stadium here Thursday.

Germany, looking pale shadow of yore, took the lead through Diieter Linnekogel (14th) Belgium, silver medallist at Rio Olympics equalised through Alexander Hendrickx (18th) and, Tom Boon (50th) gave them the winner.

Germany who made the semis 11 times till date, but finished only sixth in 2014 again failed to cross the quarter final hurdle as Belgium, set up a semi final clash with England slated for 15 December..

The Germans took the initiative to open up the game and in the third minute Christopher Rhur intercepted a ball and set up an opening but the Red sticks not foiled the move but launched a counter-attack .


The two time winners kept pressing and the Belgians were forced to fall back to defend their citadel With having some of the game’s best attackers, the Germans gained the control of the midfield and pushed rivals the backfoot .

Belgium regrouped themselves and launched the counter which created some commotion in German defence who however warded off the challenge. Another Belgium attack followed and they earned a penalty corner from that.

Alexander Hendrickx ‘s flick was deflected for a long corner. Germans retaliated with Tom. Grambusch making a super run down into the Belgium circle and tried to set up fellow striker but his cross was well intercepted by defender Sebastien Dockier.

The former champions kept the pressure and the Belgium defence finally collapsed in the 14th minute when a counter move created panic in the defence and Dieter Linnekogel taking advantage of the chaos slammed the ball home to give Germany the lead (1-0)

Belgium hit back strongly and earned a penalty corner in the final minute the quarter. It led to a second penalty corner, which is superbly saved by Tobias Walter but it led to a third penalty corner and. Walter made another save.

. Belgium started the second quarter strongly and made two good attacks from right flanks through Simon Gougnard.and was rewarded with a penalty corner. and this time Alexander Hendrickx flicked the ball home. (1-1) .

Buoyed by this equaliser ,the Belgians started raiding the German citadel and forced five more penalty corners but each time they found Tobias Walter tough nut to crack.

Germans suddenly looked stressed out, they seemed to have lost steam and will to fight back for which they were once so famous.

As the Belgians stepped up the pressure, Germans became panic ridden and clue less. Their attacks lacked cohesion and they hardly looked threatening.

The Red sticks upped their ante and in the 49th minute they earned their ninth penalty corner. Hendrickx’s shot was cleared by the goal keeper

The Belgians earned the crucial break through in 50th minute. Belgium skipper Thomas Briels made a good move but Walter again came to his side’s rescue but on a rebound Tom Boons intercepted the ball and slammed it into the cage, and that turned out to be the winner.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



BJP website goes live with a tagline — Phir Ek Baar Modi Sarkar

Our Correspondent / New Delhi n Bharatiya Janata Party’s website was allegedly hacked has come live almost ...

Congress demands Lokpal probe into BJP’s ‘Yeddyurappa Diaries’

BJP dismisses Congress allegations over reported payoffs to its top leaders   Agencies / New Delhi ...

BJP Releases First List: PM Modi to Contest from Varanasi, Amit Shah Gets Advani’s Seat

BJP Releases First List: PM Modi to Contest from Varanasi, Amit Shah Gets Advani's Seat   File ph ...


India down Asian Games champion Japan 2-0 in Azlan Shah hockey opener

  HSB / Ipoh (Malaysia) Scoring a goal in each half, Indian downed Asian Games champion Japan 2-0 in th ...

Prajnesh makes it to Miami Masters main draw

India's number one singles player, Prajnesh Gunneswaran, has made it to the main draw of the Miami Open, his s ...

Mandhana, Jhulan at top of ICC Women’s ODI Rankings

Indian duo of Smriti Mandhana and Jhulan Goswami continue to top the batting and bowling charts in the latest ...



116-year-old Japanese woman is oldest person in world

  AMN A 116-year-old Japanese woman has been honoured as the world's oldest living person by Guinness ...

Centre approves Metro Rail Project for City of Taj Mahal, Agra

6 Elevated and 7 Underground Stations along 14 KmTaj East Gate corridor 14 Stations all elevated along 15.40 ...


Priyanka Chopra is among world powerful women

AGENCIES   Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas has joined international celebrities including Opr ...

Documentary on Menstruation stigma ‘Period’ wins Oscar

  WEB DESK A Netflix documentary Period. End of sentence, on the menstruation taboo in rural India has ...


@Powered By: Logicsart