Hockey World Cup 2023: Belgium and Germany enjoy wins
Belgium scored in a hurry in the last 30 minutes (5 goals) to trounce South Korea 5-0 and begin its Hockey World Cup title defense in style at the Kalinga Stadium, Orissa on Saturday. Meanwhile, Germany came back after a goalless first half to beat a gritty Japan 3-0 in the other Pool-B encounter. Here's more.
Belgium overcome Korea
Alexander Hendrickx converted a short corner in the opening minute of the third quarter. His goal saw the Koreans commit frequent mistakes inside the circle. Belgium gathered a much-needed rhythm by scoring through Tanguy Cosyns, Florent van Aubel, Sebastien Dockier, and Arthur de Sloover. Korea suffered, failing to utilize any of their six penalty corners.
Germany 3-0 Japan
A below-par Germany, could not capitalize, failing to convert four short corners in the first half. However, skipper Mats Grambusch clinically deflected in a variation to score from a penalty corner early in the penultimate period. Christopher Ruhr doubled the lead by completing a superb counter-attack. He beat Japanese keeper Takashi Yoshikawa in a one-on-one situation. An unmarked Thies Prinz made it 3-0.
India in action on Sunday
The Indian hockey team is in action tomorrow. The hosts will cross swords with 1986 runners-up England on January 15 (7:00 PM IST). Earlier, India made a resounding start to the ongoing Hockey World Cup 2023. The Harmanpreet Singh-led side beat Spain 2-0 at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium in Rourkela on Friday. Amit Rohidas and Hardik Singh scored.
Day 2 of the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 continued to thrill packed crowds in Bhubaneswar & Rourkela with New Zealand, Netherlands, Belgium & Germany earning comfortable victories, as Pools B & C got underway. #HWC2023— International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) January 14, 2023
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