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Belgium thrash South Africa 5-1, India need a win to seal direct berth in quarters

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Olympic silver medallist thrashed 5-1 in their last Pool C match to remain in the hunt for a direct quarterfinal berth at the men's here on Saturday.

(14th, 22nd minutes) scored a brace while (18th), Loick Luypaert (30th) and (48th) were the other goal getters for

South Africa, on the other hand, stunned the world no.3 side just 36 seconds from the start through Nicholas Spooner's field strike.

By virtue of this win, have progressed to the top of Pool C with seven points from three games while are currently placed last.

In the last Pool C match, will take on and the hosts will need a win over the world no. 11 side to top the pool and book a direct berth in the last eight round.

An win will mean Belgium will finish the pool in the second place and will have to play in the cross-overs to qualify for the quarterfinals.

are well placed in the third spot and are in with a bright chance to play in the cross-overs. Only a defeat by eight or more goals against can ruin Canada's chances and bring back into the fray.

South Africa are virtually out of the tournament and will now depend on India to demolish by a big margin to remain in the competition.

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First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 19:00 IST
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