India in last gasp stumble

Updated on Nov 26, 2011 10:49 PM IST

India conceded a penultimate minute goal on a penalty corner to allow Belgium secure a 3-3 draw in their opening outing at the Champions Challenge hockey tournament in Johannesburg today.

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PTI | By, Johannesburg

India conceded a penultimate minute goal on a penalty corner to allow Belgium secure a 3-3 draw in their opening outing at the Champions Challenge hockey tournament in Johannesburg today.

In an evenly matched Pool A encounter where India sprung to life with three second-half goals in the space of 12 minutes but twice allowed the Belgians to draw level after falling behind.

India's goals came from Rupinder Pal Singh (45th minute), Chingelnsana Singh (48th) and Vokkaliga Raghunath (57th) as they had a good chance to start with a victory until a 69th minute penalty corner rebound by Xavier Rekinger helped Belgium share points.

Belgium's earlier goals were scored by Alexandre de Paeuw (31st minute) and Tom Boon (55th).

Belgium, among the few teams in this competition who have already secured their passage to the London Olympics, are one of the strongest sides here.

Belgium opened the scoring in the 31st minute through Alexandre de Paeuw, who capitalised on a diagonal ball and sent in a reverse hit with only goalkeeper Bharat Chetri to beat, giving the Belgians a 1-0 lead at half-time.

India struck back to equalise as the match settled into a slugfest with the teams exhanging goals right till the end.

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