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Sandeep’s brace does it for India against fiery Belgium

other Updated: Jul 17, 2010 01:39 IST

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Sandeep Singh struck twice and goalkeeper Bharat Chhetri saved a penalty-stroke to steer India to a 3-2 win over Belgium in the second hockey Test at Antwerp. The win secured India a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The teams had played a 3-3 draw in the opening Test.

Sandeep (26th and 67th minutes) converted two penalty-corners while skipper Rajpal Singh scored a field goal in the 39th minute. For the hosts the goal scorers were Cedric Charlier (10th min) and Thomas Briels (55th min).

Belgium began aggressively and earned the first of their three penalty-corners in the third minute when Gurbaj Singh wrongly tackled Jerome Dekeyser.

Jerome Truyens' drag-flick found the hand of Vikas Pillay, which resulted in a penalty-stroke. India goalkeeper Chhetri brought off a splendid save with his stick high on the right.

Belgium scored their first goal when Charlier struck in the 10th minute after receiving a long pass from deep defender Alexandre De Saedeleer.

India made it 1-1 in the 33rd minute with a penalty-corner conversion by Sandeep. A solo effort by Rajpal in the 39th minute put India 2-1 ahead. This was a spectacular goal as the Indian captain stole the ball on the centre-line and worked his way past four defenders before beating the Belgium goalkeeper.

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