India down Belgium to set up Pakistan semifinal in Champions Trophy

Breathtaking hockey at the Kalinga Stadium followed ecstatic scenes on and off the pitch as India came from behind to beat world No. 4 Belgium in the FIH Men’s Champions Trophy on Thursday to set up a date with arch-rivals Pakistan in the semi-finals.

It was Indian resilience that came to the fore as after initial hiccups they looked like playing for an outright victory instead of going through the agony of another penalty shootout like the Asian Games final. And they did it from 0-2 down.

Belgium took the lead in the 12th min through Felix Denayer, and then doubled it in the 18th through Sebastien Dockier. But that point on, it was Team India that left it’s mark on the game from the second quarter onwards, which saw an open game of hockey from both the teams.


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