Hockey World League Final: Rampaging Belgium outclass Netherlands 3-0, to face India in quarters | Hockey News
BHUBANESWAR: Belgium completed the round-robin stage of the Hockey World League Last as the one workforce to win all three matches after outclassing Netherlands Three-Zero right here on Tuesday. They scored all their three objectives from penalty corners with Loick Luypaert (19′, 20′) persevering with his tremendous kind whereas Tom Boon (32′) transformed the opposite as they arrange a quarter-final conflict with India on Wednesday.
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It was already clear by the top of first half that Belgium had been the superior of the 2 groups. They’d extra circle penetration, gained extra penalty corners and loved higher possession. They ticked the important stat too – two objectives to Netherlands’s nil. They gained 5 PCs and transformed two of them, each by in-form Loick Luypaert. They had been scored in that half of the turf the place different groups have discovered it tough to make a clear lure and complained of an uneven floor close to the D.
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When Belgium had been on the prowl, they performed their most tasty hockey. ‘Assault’ was the key phrase. Netherlands ‘keeper Sam Van der Ven put up a spirited efficiency. He made a number of saves that had been the explanation Belgium attackers weren’t in a position to open even an even bigger lead on the finish of the primary two quarters.
Netherlands got here near scoring a number of instances however did not string collectively decisive strikes. Belgium had been on the cash with their techniques. Man-to-man marking, spreading out the Dutch defence and making incisive runs contained in the D. They gave little time for Euro champions to breath. Netherlands improved within the third quarter, urgent more durable however this was after Belgium had transformed their third PC of the evening by Tom Boon.
The Dutch had been unfortunate too. They’d transformed a PC within the 12th minute however on referral it was clear the ball was trapped on the sting of the D and due to this fact the aim was disallowed. Their excessive urgent sport within the last quarter allowed them extra freedom to push Belgian gamers deep however by then Belgium had already taken a cushty lead and had been very happy to defend. Luypaert although had a golden probability to file his second successive hat-trick however he missed the penalty stroke hitting the ball vast. By ending with 9 factors and topping Pool A, Belgium will now face India who completed fourth of their Pool.