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India lose to Belgium in Four Nations hockey

Sébastien Dockier and Victor Wegnez scored as Belgium defeated India 2-0 in a Four Nations Invitational Tournament hockey match on Thursday

other sports Updated: Jan 18, 2018 16:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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India were beaten 2-0 by Belgium in their Four Nations Invitational Tournament hockey match on Thursday.(Hockey India)

India lost 2-0 to Belgium in a Four Nations Invitational Tournament hockey match in Tauranga, New Zealand on Thursday.

Both teams played out an exciting first quarter, though it was Belgium who constantly tested Indian defence, moving the ball swiftly, as they created plenty of opportunities in the striking circle.

In the 8th minute, a circle penetration by Belgium saw Sébastien Dockier demonstrate a classic reverse hit to put the ball into the post leaving little chance for Sreejesh to save.

A strong circle penetration in the opening minute of the third quarter saw India win their third penalty corner of the match but Varun Kumar’s drag flick was deflected by Belgian defender denying India an equaliser. Only minutes later, an error by Indian defenders was capitalized by Belgian Victor Wegnez who found the gap to put the ball into India’s post taking his team’s lead to a comfortable 2-0 in the 34th minute.

Having won their opening match 6-0 against Japan, India will next take on New Zealand in their third match on January 20.

First Published: Jan 18, 2018 13:51 IST