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Hockey: Belgium thrash South Africa in last pool match

IANS  |  Bhubaneswar 

thrashed 5-1 in their last Pool C match of the men's here on Sunday.

The European giants dominated right from the start and simply blew away their opponents with a four-goal blitz in the first two quarters.

Ironically, it were the South Africans who had the more promising start as scored a field goal within the opening minutes to raise visions of an upset.

But fought back and restored parity through a penalty corner by Alexendar Hendricks in the 12th minute.

The Belgians took the lead six minutes later when and Loïck Luypaert created an excellent move from their own half before a long ball found who beat South African calmly.

Hendricks completed his brace off another penalty corner in the 21st minute as the Europeans tightened their grip on the match.

Luypaert scored Belgium's fourth goal a few seconds before half-time as the title contenders from went into the break with a formidable advantage.

continued to dominate after half-time. completed the rout with a field goal in the 48th minute off a pass from Gougnard.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 19:44 IST
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