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Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: India and Belgium settle for a 2-2 draw

In today's first hockey match, Canada hold South Africa to 1-1 draw to keep the cross-over chances wide open.

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Hockey World Cup 2018 today match: Canada vs South Africa and India vs Belgium
Hockey World Cup 2018 today match: Canada vs South Africa and India vs Belgium

Day 5 of FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 Hosts India produced a spirited effort to eke out a 2-2 draw against Olympic silver medallists Belgium in an evenly-contested Pool C match of the men's hockey World Cup here on Sunday. Pegged back by Alenander Hendricks' goal in the eighth minute, India made a valiant comeback after the change of ends, scoring two goals in the third and fourth quarter through Harmanpreet Singh (39th) and Simranjeet Singh (47th) to take the lead. But the hosts defence faltered in the final minutes and conceded a late goal when Simon Gougnard scored in the 56th minute to draw level. The draw, however, enabled world no. 5 India to take the top spot in Pool C ahead of Belgium on goal difference. Both teams have a win and a draw from two outings.

Catch Spain vs France and Argentina vs New Zealand LIVE match and score updates here

TO Check FIH Men’s points table CLICK HERE

highlights, Day 5, Match 2: India vs Belgium

Hosts India produced a spirited effort to eke out a 2-2 draw against Olympic silver medallists Belgium in an evenly-contested Pool C match of the men's hockey World Cup here on Sunday. Pegged back by Alenander Hendricks' goal in the eighth minute, India made a valiant comeback after the change of ends, scoring two goals in the third and fourth quarter through Harmanpreet Singh (39th) and Simranjeet Singh (47th) to take the lead. But the hosts defence faltered in the final minutes and conceded a late goal when Simon Gougnard scored in the 56th minute to draw level. The draw, however, enabled world no. 5 India to take the top spot in Pool C ahead of Belgium on goal difference. Both teams have a win and a draw from two outings.

India had earlier blanked South Africa 5-0 in their opener, while world no. 3 Belgium pulled off a close 2-1 win over Canada. India will play Canada in their last pool match on December 8, while Belgium will be up against South Africa on the same day. Contrary to their last match, the Indians completely looked out of sorts in the opening two quarters against Belgium. The hosts lacked co-ordination in the midfield and that gave them hardly any scoring opportunities.

The Indians were slow to get off the blocks as the Red Lions dominated the proceedings in the first two quarters, threatening the hosts defence on a number of occasions. Belgium got their first scoring opportunity in the second minute in the form of back-to-back penalty corners but failed to get past the Indian defence. Another penalty corner in the eighth minute resulted in Belgium's first goal through Hendricks, who sounded the board with a ground flick in between the legs of Indian custodian P R Sreejesh.

Seconds from the first quarter, India had their first real scoring chance when Mandeep deflected wide a Dilpreet Singh lay over from Birendra Lakra's inch-perfect pass from the midfield. Five minutes into the second quarter, Dilpreet Singh shot wide from top right after being fed by skipper Manpreet Singh. Two minutes from half time, Tom Boon came tantalisingly close to doubling Belgium's lead when his neat deflection struck the post and went out. But after the change of ends, the Indians changed gears and looked a completely different side.

The home team looked more organised and their mid-field finally started to create opportunities. Three minutes into the third quarter, Dilpreet was denied by Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch from close range after being fed by Simranjeet. Two minutes later India earned their first penalty corner and it took a gem of save from Vanasch to keep Harmanpreet Singh's powerful high flick out of the target. Minutes later, Belgium had a chance but an alert Sreejesh denied Cedric Charlier.

India's relentless pressure earned them back-to-back penalty corners in the 39th minute, the second of which resulted in a penalty stroke which was ably converted by Harmanpreet to drew parity for the hosts. Two minutes into the fourth and final quarter, Simranjeet scored his third goal of the tournament by tapping in from close range after being set up by Kothajit Singh's fine stick work from the left flank to hand India the lead. Thereafter, the game witnessed end-to-end attacking stuff with both the teams pressing hard in search of the decisive goal. Belgium withdrew their goal keeper for an extra player with little less than five minutes from the hooter and their move struck gold when Gougnard scored with a slap shot in between Sreejesh's legs late into the game. The Indians made a few impressive moves in the remaining few minutes but Belgium defended stoutly despite the absence of their goalkeeper to share the spoils.

highlights, Day 5, Match 1: Canada vs South Africa

Canada and South Africa played out a 1-1 draw in their second Pool C match to stay afloat in the men's hockey World Cup here on Sunday.

It was a hard-fought battle with little separating the two teams.

In the contest between world no 11. Canada and world no 15. South Africa, both teams fought hard in the opening two quarters and did not give each other an inch of advantage to remain goalless at half time.

It was South Africa who took the lead in the 43rd minute through a fine reverse stick field goal by Nqobile Ntuli.

But South Africa's joy was shortlived as Canada equalised two minutes later when they were awarded a penalty stroke and skipper Scott Tupper took the onus on himself to level the match.

Thereafter, both Canada and South Africa pressed hard in search of the winner but they failed to breach the rival defence to eventually share the spoils.

The result kept both the teams in the hunt for a place in the knock-out round.

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: India and Belgium settle for a 2-2 draw

 | @TheHockeyIndia continue to dominate proceedings in Pool-C after the draw tonight!#HWC2018 #Odisha2018 pic.twitter.com/uSSJVBzUUY — Hockey World Cup 2018 - Host Partner (@sports_odisha) December 2, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: India and Belgium settle for a 2-2 draw

 | @16Sreejesh analyses today’s game, team performance and the @TheHockeyIndia game plan for the next match that would ensure a berth in the quarters.#HWC2018 #Odisha2018 pic.twitter.com/ldgOp7jKmE — Hockey World Cup 2018 - Host Partner (@sports_odisha) December 2, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: India and Belgium settle for a 2-2 draw

 | Skipper @manpreetpawar07 is happy with the performance and confident of better results against Canada in the next match.#HWC2018 #Odisha2018 @TheHockeyIndia pic.twitter.com/3r6tDhBexV — Hockey World Cup 2018 - Host Partner (@sports_odisha) December 2, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: India and Belgium settle for a 2-2 draw

 | ‘Player of The Match’ @varunhockey speaks about the amazing crowd support and how it always backs them to win.#HWC2018 #Odisha2018 @TheHockeyIndia pic.twitter.com/WIm5BLof4o — Hockey World Cup 2018 - Host Partner (@sports_odisha) December 2, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: India and Belgium settle for a 2-2 draw

 | @TheHockeyIndia gives some love back to the crowd.#HWC2018 #Odisha2018 pic.twitter.com/w1OQlSIxmJ — Hockey World Cup 2018 - Host Partner (@sports_odisha) December 2, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: India and Belgium settle for a 2-2 draw

 | Great selfies coming up on your timelines! Thank the lads from @BELRedLions #HWC2018 #Odisha2018 pic.twitter.com/zj2kxiXlVY — Hockey World Cup 2018 - Host Partner (@sports_odisha) December 2, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: India and Belgium settle for a 2-2 draw

.@BelRedLions Captain @ThomasBriels acknowledges that India is always a hard side to beat and that this encounter will help them analyze their play-style for the rest of the tournament.#INDvBEL #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/MwN28zzciZ — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 2, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: India and Belgium settle for a 2-2 draw

What a tight game that was & the stats show just that! @BELRedLions 2 - 2 @TheHockeyIndia Have you seen the stats from all the game so far?? Have a look here  https://t.co/pVYCr5lgjW Odisha #HWC2018 Bhubaneswar pic.twitter.com/S0ln0Zr3i0 — International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) December 2, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: India and Belgium settle for a 2-2 draw

What a GREAT MATCH! The Indian men battling it out on the field to level the game with a 2-2 score! Good job boys! You played like real heroes TheHockeyIndia#INDvBEL #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey — Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) December 2, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: India and Belgium settle for a 2-2 draw

Moments captured from an action-packed match between India and @BELRedLions that kept spectators on the edge of their seats on 2nd December 2018 at Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. Album link: https://t.co/C768zxeqSa#INDvBEL #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/tbJeqoGjhU — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 2, 2018

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: India and Belgium settle for a 2-2 draw

Amazing support for both teams as they do a lap for the fans all around the stadium! @BELRedLions @TheHockeyIndia FIH/ @GettySport pic.twitter.com/lckT84UVBo — International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) December 2, 2018

First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 15:06 IST

Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: India and Belgium settle for a 2-2 draw

In today's first hockey match, Canada hold South Africa to 1-1 draw to keep the cross-over chances wide open.

Day 5 of FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 Hosts India produced a spirited effort to eke out a 2-2 draw against Olympic silver medallists Belgium in an evenly-contested Pool C match of the men's hockey World Cup here on Sunday. Pegged back by Alenander Hendricks' goal in the eighth minute, India made a valiant comeback after the change of ends, scoring two goals in the third and fourth quarter through Harmanpreet Singh (39th) and Simranjeet Singh (47th) to take the lead. But the hosts defence faltered in the final minutes and conceded a late goal when Simon Gougnard scored in the 56th minute to draw level. The draw, however, enabled world no. 5 India to take the top spot in Pool C ahead of Belgium on goal difference. Both teams have a win and a draw from two outings.

Catch Spain vs France and Argentina vs New Zealand LIVE match and score updates here

TO Check FIH Men’s points table CLICK HERE

highlights, Day 5, Match 2: India vs Belgium

Hosts India produced a spirited effort to eke out a 2-2 draw against Olympic silver medallists Belgium in an evenly-contested Pool C match of the men's hockey World Cup here on Sunday. Pegged back by Alenander Hendricks' goal in the eighth minute, India made a valiant comeback after the change of ends, scoring two goals in the third and fourth quarter through Harmanpreet Singh (39th) and Simranjeet Singh (47th) to take the lead. But the hosts defence faltered in the final minutes and conceded a late goal when Simon Gougnard scored in the 56th minute to draw level. The draw, however, enabled world no. 5 India to take the top spot in Pool C ahead of Belgium on goal difference. Both teams have a win and a draw from two outings.

India had earlier blanked South Africa 5-0 in their opener, while world no. 3 Belgium pulled off a close 2-1 win over Canada. India will play Canada in their last pool match on December 8, while Belgium will be up against South Africa on the same day. Contrary to their last match, the Indians completely looked out of sorts in the opening two quarters against Belgium. The hosts lacked co-ordination in the midfield and that gave them hardly any scoring opportunities.

The Indians were slow to get off the blocks as the Red Lions dominated the proceedings in the first two quarters, threatening the hosts defence on a number of occasions. Belgium got their first scoring opportunity in the second minute in the form of back-to-back penalty corners but failed to get past the Indian defence. Another penalty corner in the eighth minute resulted in Belgium's first goal through Hendricks, who sounded the board with a ground flick in between the legs of Indian custodian P R Sreejesh.

Seconds from the first quarter, India had their first real scoring chance when Mandeep deflected wide a Dilpreet Singh lay over from Birendra Lakra's inch-perfect pass from the midfield. Five minutes into the second quarter, Dilpreet Singh shot wide from top right after being fed by skipper Manpreet Singh. Two minutes from half time, Tom Boon came tantalisingly close to doubling Belgium's lead when his neat deflection struck the post and went out. But after the change of ends, the Indians changed gears and looked a completely different side.

The home team looked more organised and their mid-field finally started to create opportunities. Three minutes into the third quarter, Dilpreet was denied by Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch from close range after being fed by Simranjeet. Two minutes later India earned their first penalty corner and it took a gem of save from Vanasch to keep Harmanpreet Singh's powerful high flick out of the target. Minutes later, Belgium had a chance but an alert Sreejesh denied Cedric Charlier.

India's relentless pressure earned them back-to-back penalty corners in the 39th minute, the second of which resulted in a penalty stroke which was ably converted by Harmanpreet to drew parity for the hosts. Two minutes into the fourth and final quarter, Simranjeet scored his third goal of the tournament by tapping in from close range after being set up by Kothajit Singh's fine stick work from the left flank to hand India the lead. Thereafter, the game witnessed end-to-end attacking stuff with both the teams pressing hard in search of the decisive goal. Belgium withdrew their goal keeper for an extra player with little less than five minutes from the hooter and their move struck gold when Gougnard scored with a slap shot in between Sreejesh's legs late into the game. The Indians made a few impressive moves in the remaining few minutes but Belgium defended stoutly despite the absence of their goalkeeper to share the spoils.

highlights, Day 5, Match 1: Canada vs South Africa

Canada and South Africa played out a 1-1 draw in their second Pool C match to stay afloat in the men's hockey World Cup here on Sunday.

It was a hard-fought battle with little separating the two teams.

In the contest between world no 11. Canada and world no 15. South Africa, both teams fought hard in the opening two quarters and did not give each other an inch of advantage to remain goalless at half time.

It was South Africa who took the lead in the 43rd minute through a fine reverse stick field goal by Nqobile Ntuli.

But South Africa's joy was shortlived as Canada equalised two minutes later when they were awarded a penalty stroke and skipper Scott Tupper took the onus on himself to level the match.

Thereafter, both Canada and South Africa pressed hard in search of the winner but they failed to breach the rival defence to eventually share the spoils.

The result kept both the teams in the hunt for a place in the knock-out round.

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