HWL Final: India knock out Belgium via penalty shootout, enter semi-finals
Thursday 7th of December 2017
India beat Belgium 3-2 via penalty shootout to enter the semi-finals of the Hockey World League Final after the full time score was tied at 3-3.
Goalkeeper Akash Chikte put up a superlative show as India edged past Belgium 3-2 via penalty shootout to enter the semi-finals of the FIH Hockey World League (HWL) Final in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.
Chikte blocked four Belgian attackers during the shootout, while Lalit Upadhyay, Rupinder Pal Singh and Harmanpreet Singh were on the mark for India.
Gurjant Singh (31st minute), Harmanpreet (34th) and Rupinder (46th) scored in the regulation time for India.
Loick Luypaert (38th and 46th) converted two penalty corners to lead the Belgian fightback before Cedric Charlier (52nd) scored the equaliser after Rupinder's goal.
Earlier in the tournament, India had remained winless ending their Pool B campaign with losses to Australia, England and Germany.
India opened the tournament with a solid 1-1 draw with current world champions Australia but were shocked 2-3 by England in their second pool game.
India were expected to put up a fight against Germany but they lost 0-2 to them.
Since the HWL is eight-nation tournament, India qualified for the quarter-finals despite poor results.
India, earlier in the year, were crowned the Asia Cup champions with a 2-1 victory over Malaysia in the final, where Ramandeep Singh and Lalit Upadhyay scored for India.
Source : http://indiatoday.intoday.in/