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India vs Belgium Highlights: India lose their opening match to Belgium 1-2 to begin European leg of Hockey Pro League

India vs Belgium Highlights: India lose their opening match to Belgium 1-2 to begin European leg of Hockey Pro League

India vs Belgium Highlights: India conceded a late goal to lose 1-2 against Olympic champions Belgium in a close-contested FIH Men’s Hockey Pro League opening match. All the goals in the match came through penalty corners. World no. 2 Belgium took the lead in the 18th minute of the game as Thibeau Stockbroekx scored but […]

India vs Belgium Highlights: India conceded a late goal to lose 1-2 against Olympic champions Belgium in a close-contested FIH Men’s Hockey Pro League opening match. All the goals in the match came through penalty corners. World no. 2 Belgium took the lead in the 18th minute of the game as Thibeau Stockbroekx scored but it was long before India equalised the score. Mandeep Singh leveled the score in the 25th minute and maintained equilibrium in the match. However, the Indian defence crumbled in the last few minutes of the match as they conceded a few penalty corners, one of which was converted by Nelson Onana (60th minute). Follow FIH Pro League2023 Live Updates with InsideSport.IN

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India vs Belgium Highlights: India fails to clinch a game of fine margin

The match was even-stevens till the final hooter with both the teams matching each other. India got the first chance in the fifth minute but Hardik Singh’s effort from top of the circle was saved by an agile Belgium goalkeeper Loic van Doren with his extended left hand. Seconds from the first quarter Belgium earned a penalty corner but it was defended well by the Indian backline.

Belgium secured back-to-back penalty corners in the 18th minute and Stockbroekx broke the deadlock from the second chance, deflecting in Loïck Luypaert’s feed after India goalkeeper PR Sreejesh made a double save. It took India seven minutes to draw parity through an opportunist Mandeep who tapped home from a rebound after skipper Harmanpreet Singh’s flick from a penalty corner was saved by the Belgian defence.

Two minutes into the third quarter Belgium secured another set piece but failed to utilise it. Harmanpreet’s flick from a penalty corner minutes later was saved by van Doren. In the 45th minute, Belgium sec ured another penalty corner but the Indians defended in numbers.

Four minutes into the final quarter, Belgium earned another set piece and this time Sreejesh came to India’s rescue. India too had a few great chances to take the lead but Sukhjeet Singh and Gurjant Singh’s efforts were saved by the Belgian custodian.

The Indian crumbled under Belgium’s relentless pressure in the final minute of the game and conceded back-to-back penalty corners, the second of which was put into goal by Onana from a rebound after Sreejesh made the initial save.

India will take on hosts Great Britain in their second match of the Europe leg of the Pro League here on Saturday.

India vs Belgium Highlights: India lose 1-2 against Belgium in FIH Hockey Pro League 2023 opening match. All the goals in the match came through penalty corners

Indian Squad

Hockey Indian named a 24-member Indian team for the European leg of fixtures. PR Sreejesh will be the custodian. Former captain Manpreet Singh will play in a new role as he will move back to defence. Harmanpreet SIngh leads the strikers.

Indian Squad

Goalkeepers: Krishan Bahadur Pathak, PR Sreejesh.

Defenders: Harmanpreet Singh (captain), Amit Rohidas, Jarmanpreet Singh, Manpreet Singh, Sumit, Sanjay, Mandeep Mor, Gurinder Singh.

Midfielders: Hardik Singh (vice-captain), Dilpreet Singh, Moirangthem Rabichandra Singh, Shamsher Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad.

Forwards: Abhishek, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, S Karthi, Gurjant Singh, Sukhjeet Singh, Raj Kumar Pal, Mandeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh.

Where to watch India vs Belgium LIVE?

The matches can be watched LIVE on Fancode App in India.

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