Last updated on October 4, 2019
The Indian men’s hockey team on Thursday made an attacking masterclass to conquer reigning European and world champions Belgium 5-1 at the fifth and final game to keep their 100 percent record in their tour of Belgium.
The Indian team won all five games during the excursion, beating Belgium 2-0 in the opening game, also enrolling 6-1 and 5-1 wins over Spain from the following two matches, before finishing their Tour with two wins against Belgium (2-1 and 5-1).
With four wins from four, India were fraught with confidence, beginning the game on the front and making a stunning move from the 7th minute to take the lead through forward Simranjeet Singh. Belgium did attempt to induce a comeback however their Penalty Corner (PC) was rescued by Krishan B Pathak at the 9th minute, meaning India claimed their one-goal edge at the first break.
The second quarter saw Belgium triumph themselves back PCs at the 16th minute, but India’s Pathak made certain that they are direct remained intact. It was a challenging time for the Indian group as Belgium attempted to start looking for the equalizer, but some resolute defending watched India take their direct to the half-time break.
The traffic started the next quarter attacking intent, and were rewarded instantly, with Lalit Kumar Upadhyay devoting his first aim of the game in the 35th minute extending the lead to 2-0. Another attack within the second minute watched child Vivek Sagar Prasad also enroll his title on the score-sheet because he made a catchy ending to win against the Belgian goalkeeper. The 38th second saw Belgium penetrate and acquire a PC, but PR Sreejesh’s diving rescue kept down the score to 3-0 in India’ favor. Nevertheless, a fantastic strike from the retake by Alexander Hendrickx made it 3-1 at the 39th minute.
However, Belgium couldn’t remain in the game for too long since India responded by scoring two in two minutes just before the conclusion of the next quarter and extending his lead to 5-1.
Playing at home, Belgium tried to make inroads to the striking circle but a few strong handling and interceptions in the past quarter supposed that the Indians maintained their 100 percent record from the five games, and procured a substantial 5-1 win to wrap up the tour.