India beat world champions again
Men In Blue Pip Belgium For 4th Straight Win
Antwerp (Belgium): The Indian men’s hockey team eked out a fighting 2-1 win over reigning World and European champions Belgium to register their fourth consecutive win of the tour here on Tuesday. Amit Rohidas (10th minute) and Simranjeet Singh (52nd) scored for world No. 5 India.
Belgium’s lone goal came from the stick of captain Felix Denayer in the 33rd minute.
Riding high on confidence after their 5-1 win over Spain in the third match of the Tour of Belgium, the Indian men’s hockey team started on an attacking note against the hosts and earned a penalty corner in the 10th minute, which was duly converted by Rohidas to give his side the lead.
India managed to maintain their one goal lead at the halfway break. Belgium showed their quality in the opening minutes of the third quarter as they secured another penalty corner in the 33rd minute and Denayer scored with stunning dragflick to level the scores.
Thereafter, India sat back and waited for their opportunity. India’s tactic bore fruit in the 52nd minute when they scored a well-constructed team goal in the 52nd minute through Simranjeet. Down by a goal, Belgium attacked in numbers in the dying stages of the match and in the process earned another penalty corner, but the Indians came up with some resolute defending to secure their fourth consecutive win of the tour. The Indian team will again face Belgium on Thursday.
Women play out goalless draw against Britain
Marlow (England): The Indian women’s hockey team played out a goalless draw against Great Britain in the third match of their Tour of England here on Tuesday. India and Great Britain began the first quarter on a cautious note. The visitors tried to make a few inroads as the match progressed, but they couldn’t find an opening. The defensive units of both the sides held fort as none of the teams could break the deadlock. The Indian team made an aggressive move towards the end of the quarter and earned a penalty corner, but the Great Britain defence managed to keep India at bay.
India rode on the momentum and continued playing aggressively at the start of the second quarter.
The visitors were awarded another penalty corner in the 20th minute, which was again blocked out by Great Britain defence. India made a few smart moves, but Great Britain always found a way to keep the ball away from their goal.
The match also marked 150 international caps for Mandeep Singh