HWL Final: India win nail-biting shootout to knock Belgium out in quarters

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

Pilloried for two inept displays, a smarting India showed great character to pip Belgium in an absolute cracker of a game to march into the semifinals of the World League Final here on Wednesday. India maintained that record yesterday too, although they came close to going up acouple of times. The Indian Tigers deserved the applause for the way they played to tame the Red Lions.

They attacked with plenty of goal and made some dashing runs from the onset to catch the Olympic silver-medallists by surprise.

After a barren first, the third quarter witnessed fast- paced, exciting hockey that yielded as many as three goals.Just a minute after the change of ends, Gurjant gave India the lead, pushing in a ball from goalmouth melee after Sunil's initial reverse shot was saved by the Belgian goalkeeper.

As the game progressed, Belgium slowly increased their tempo. Both had their chances to nudge ahead but none could grab them. The Indians earned penalty corner just seconds from half time but again Harmanpreet's attempt was easily anticipated by Vanasch.

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Unlike their last two matches, the Indians made bright start to the game and had a wonderful chance to take the lead in the opening minute. Belgium too didn't back off and kept attacking at every given opportunity as the packed crowd soaked in the solid entertainment.

The home team doubled the lead four minutes later through a cheeky conversion of a penalty corner.

Belgium Loick Luypaert is staking a claim to be the player of the tournament irrespective of where his team finishes. The goal silenced the noisy crowd in the Odisha capital. A lucky Belgium, equalised in the 53rd minute when a Amaury Keusters goal-bound hit from within the circle was deflected into the post by Harmanpreet. Belgians held possession and were all over India but the hosts held firm to push the match into a shoot-out. India then showed the rarely seen gutsy side of them in the drying moments. As luck would have been Harmanpreet scored in the sudden death while Van Doren failed to get past Chikte and with it Belgium's hopes of a semifinal spot vanished. Chikte then pulled off his fourth save in one-on-one situation against Arthur van Doren to signal India's victory. But this time, India held firm, Akash Chikte producing a brilliant save to send the crowd into raptures.

Gurjant Singh (31st minute), Harmanpreet Singh (35th) and Rupinder Pal Singh (46th) scored for India before the full-time hooter blew.

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