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Junior Hockey World Cup: Defending Champions India Beat Belgium 1-0 To Enter Semifinals

Defending champions India defeat European giants Belgium by a solitary target to progress to the semifinals and continue to keep alive their title hopes in the FIH Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium in this article on Wednesday. India, who defeat Belgium two-one in the final en route to their title triumph in the very last version in Lucknow in 2016, ongoing their domination above the European side in junior hockey. Shardananad Tiwari’s penalty corner conversion in the 21th minute was ample for India to seal their place in the very last four.

The match was a classic instance of defensive course from equally the sides but the Indians did just ample to edge past their opponents.

India will acquire on very last edition’s bronze medallist Germany in the semifinals on Friday. 6-time champions Germany defeat Spain 3-one in the shoot-out after equally the groups were being locked two-two in regulation time.

The Belgians commenced aggressively and made stress on the Indian defence in the to start with couple minutes.

But the Indian backline manufactured great adult males-to-adult males marking and stayed relaxed beneath stress to deny Belgium.

In the 13th minute Belgium experienced the to start with shy at the target but Indian custodian Prasanth Chauhan was up to the undertaking to deny Thibeau Stockbroekx from shut vary.

India’s to start with scoring likelihood arrived just seconds from the to start with quarter by a artistic Uttam Singh, but his energy was held at bay by Belgium goalkeeper Boris Feldheim.

India held escalating in confidence as the match progressed and 6 minutes into the 2nd quarter, secured their to start with penalty corner, which was transformed by Tiwari.

Tiwari was brilliantly set by vice-captain Sanjay Kumar’s dummy and the dragflicker built no oversight in placing the ball into the net.

Two minutes later on, Manjeet strike the side netting with a reverse strike.

Belgium got a penalty corner in the twenty sixth minute but Jeff de Winter’s flick went broad as India went into 50 percent time foremost by a slender one- margin.

The Belgians arrived out attacking in the third quarter but failed to crack the resolute and decided Indian defence.

There were being no crystal clear slash probabilities for equally the groups in the third quarter, but the Indians were being responsible of keeping on to the ball, resulting in much less open probabilities.

The Belgians went all out in the fourth and final quarter and controlled the proceedings but the Indian defence did ample to thwart their opponents.

In the 50th minute, India’s 2nd goalkeeper Pawan built a brilliant diving save to his ideal to continue to keep Roman Duvekot’s attempt away from the target.

Trailing, Belgium ongoing to push challenging and secured a penalty corner in the 52nd minute, which was saved by the Indian defence.


Three minutes from the final hooter, Belgium withdrew their goalkeeper for an more participant and also secured a penalty corner just two minutes from whistle, but the moment once again, Pawan built a fine save to deny de Winter season.

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