India shock Belgium to enter semis

THE HANS INDIA |   Dec 07,2017 , 01:01 AM IST


Bhubaneswar: Hosts India produced a spirited performance to stun Olympic silver medallist Belgium in the shoot-out and progress to the semifinals of the Hockey World League (HWL) final after both the teams were locked at 3-3 at the end of regulation time, here on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, defending champions Australia lived up to their billing, notching up a 4-1 win over lowly Spain to storm into the semifinals. Warming the bench for most part of the match, Indian goal-keeper Akash Chikte dished out a superb performance to hand India their first win of the tournament, a win that will erase all their wrongdoing of the pool stages.

While Gurjant Singh Harmanpreet Singh and Rupinderpal Singh were the goal scorers for India, Belgium's goals came from the sticks of Loick Luypaert  and Amaury Keusters.

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