India, a bronze medallist at the 1982 event at Amstelveen, are bidding to play in their first Trophy final. Unlike their other wins at the tournament, India’s win over Belgium was hard fought, with Indian coach Michael Nobbs praising his team's defence.
Good Work“It’s an amazing feeling, they have worked really hard. I didn’t think we played that well today but our defence was amazing,” Nobbs said. “It’s something I haven’t seen from an Indian defence in years, but I thought they played their hearts out.”
The win came despite the Belgians controlling much of the match, however they were unable to convert their many opportunities. The Indians made them pay, scoring a goal against the run of play through Nithin Thimmaiah in the 13th minute. Australia saw off the English threat with a first-half goal to Jamie Dwyer and a final goal to Chris Ciriello sealing the match. “Tonight was probably our best game,” Dwyer said.