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Hockey World Cup: Belgium Down Germany 2-1 To Face England In Semis

Tanuja Saikhom | 5 months ago

Olympic silver medalists Belgium on Thursday came back from to outplay two-time world champions Germany 2-1 in a tight quarter-final match at the men's hockey World Cup. They reached the semi-finals for the first time after the crucial win in Bhubaneswar.

In a nerve cracking clash, Germany opened the scoring when Dieter Linnekogel struck the first goal in the 14th minute making a 1-0 lead.

But the celebration at the German camp didn’t last long as the Red Lions responded in just 4 minutes when Alexander Hendrickx found the net from their fourth penalty corner.

Belgium led the game when Tom Boon scored the decisive goal in the 50th minute. He smashed into the net from a rebound from Germany keeper Tobias Walter.

The world no 3 will take on England, who defeated Argentina 3-2 in the first quarter-final match on Wednesday in the semi-final. 

Germany, currently ranked six, has made the semis 11 times till date and won the competition in Kuala Lumpur, 2002 and Mönchengladbach, 2006.