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Hockey

India have revenge on mind with Belgium next in line
PTI
Melbourne, December 06, 2012
First Published: 00:25 IST(6/12/2012)
Last Updated: 00:26 IST(6/12/2012)

India will have revenge on mind but injuries remain a worry for the team as it takes on Belgium in the quarterfinal clash of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament here tomorrow.

After topping Pool A courtesy their two wins and the number of goals they scored in the preliminary league, India will play Pool B's bottom-placed side Belgium as the new format devised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) allows all eight teams to move from the preliminary league into the knockout rounds.

India and Germany, who yesterday won the encounter between these two teams, finished on six points each, but India took the top slot due to a better goal-difference.

India are still rankled by the Champions Challenge final of last year when they blew away a two-goal lead in the closing stages to lose the contest and pave the way for Belgium to make their maiden appearance in the elite Champions Trophy.

Belgium went on to repeat their victory when the two teams met again in the preliminary group of this year's Olympic Games at London, where eight-time gold medalists India finished at the bottom of the 12-team competition.

“We are eager to win this match to settle a score,” said India coach Michael Nobbs, whose outfit is playing in the Champions Trophy after getting one of the two wildcards handed by the FIH.


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