Belgium showed no mercy to thrash crippled England 6-0 by scoring goals in each quarter and entered the final of the men's hockey World Cup for the first time. Almost half of the team, including Alexander Hendrickx who scored twice, joined the goal carnival to register registered a comprehensive win at Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium on Saturday.
It was Tom Boon’s eighth minute strike that gave an early blow to England’s hope, maintaining a concrete 1-0 lead for the Red Lions. England continued to move sloppy till the end of first quarter.
In the 19th minute, Belgium won a penalty corner from which Simon Gougnard converted to the second goal from England goalkeeper George Pinner’s rebound after Hendrickx failed to make through.
As Belgium were looking for the third, England couldn’t content themselves, for they were facing their opponents who played in attacking position with full strength. Not surprisingly, Cédric Charlier fulfilled the Belgium dream with a beautiful half-volley in the 42nd minute.
England’s nightmare came into reality when Hendrickx shot into the net after a penalty corner to make a surefire 4-0 lead in the 45th minute. The 25-year-old relished his successful attempts with another goal from a penalty corner in just five minute gap.
Red Lions continued their savagery in the dazzling night when Sébastien Dockier scored the sixth goal and England never revived from the early slump.
Belgium, who were finished in the fifth in the previous World Cup in The Hague will play the winner of the second semifinal on Sunday.