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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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Terry Walsh quits as chief coach of Indian hockey team

India’s chief hockey coach Terry Walsh quit from his position after his contractual talks with Hockey India and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) broke down but a fresh proposal is still being worked out for the Australian’s consideration.

Walsh, whose contract was to come to an end on Wednesday, had already submitted his resignation last month after his demands for a greater say in team decisions and hand-picked support staff were turned down by HI and SAI.

He had been negotiating to stay on board and met sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal this morning but the talks ended inconclusively, prompting the 60-year-old to head back to Australia without withdrawing his resignation.

However, a fresh proposal will sent to him in the next couple of days for his consideration, leaving the door still open for his return to India.

Walsh, who was present at a press conference, said that he was still optimistic about coaching the Indian team and that the fresh proposal would address all his demands.

Walsh’s continuance had become doubtful after reports emerged that he had developed serious differences with Hockey India president Narinder Batra.

Batra had alleged that Walsh had indulged in “financial fraud” during his stint with USA Hockey and he was reluctant to keep the Australian on board.

If Walsh does not come back, it can be counted as a setback to Indian hockey considering that the team had been producing good results under his watch. The men recently won the Asian Games gold medal after a gap of 16 years, which also fetched them qualification for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.