Hindustan Times (Delhi)
India hold nerve, beat Belgium to avenge last week’s defeats
HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND: The Indian hockey team produced a spirited perfomance to upstage world No.3 Belgium 5-4 in its second match of the Four Nations Tournament’s second leg. India had earlier lost 1-2 to Belgium in the final of the first leg but held their nerve till the final hooter to come up with a winner in this high-tempo, high-speed match.
Rupinderpal Singh (4’, 42’), Harmanpreet Singh (46’), Lalit Upadhyay (53’) and Dilpreet Singh (59’) scored in India’s win while John-john Dohmen (17’), Felix Denayer (37’), Alexander Hendrickx (45’) and Tom Boon (56’) scored for Belgium.
India began the match with disciplined structure, playing two-touch hockey to rotate the ball swiftly and accurately to pave their way into Belgium’s striking circle. The effort paid off early when Vivek Sagar Prasad made a quick penetration from left flank forcing Belgian defender to foul which resulted in the first penalty corner.
It was in-form Rupinder Pal Singh, who stepped up for the drag flick, improvising on Lalit Upadhyay’s injection to fiercely put the ball into the top net. The early 1-0 lead undoubtedly put the Belgians on the backfoot.
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