Hockey World Cup, Highlights: India Lose Opener vs Belgium 3-2 After Conceding Last-Minute Goal

Updated: 31 May 2014 22:52 IST

In a game dominated by Belgian possession, India conceded a goal in the last minute for a heart-breaking 3-2 loss to Belgium. Catch all highlights from the match here.

India lost 3-2 to Belgium in their 2014 Hockey World Cup opener. Catch highlights here.


21:24 (IST): After a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Belgium, India take on England in their next match on Monday. That's it from us then, hope you enjoyed our coverage!


21:18 (IST): India 2 Belgium 3 (Full-Time). Van Aubel 34', Gougnard 55', Dohmen 70' (Belgium), Mandeep 44', Akashdeep 50' (India).


21:01 (IST): Last-minute heartbreak for India as Belgium beat India 3-2; score with 15 secs remaining! John Dohmen taps the ball and scores after taking control of it. India's goalie Sreejesh tries his best to stop it but taps it inside on to the right side of the goal. Manpreet tries to reach out and stop it from going inside but it's too late and he is far from the ball.


20:54 (IST): 67' First penalty corner of the game for India. Raghunath strikes it over the bar though, it was a wild and wide push. Still 2-2.


20:52 (IST): 64' Belgium miss their 6th penalty corner. They scored off the 5th earlier. India 2 Belgium 2.


20:49 (IST): 62' Potential man-of-the-match performance from Indian goalie Sreejesh. He makes another great save! India 2 Belgium 2.


20:46 (IST): 60' Akashdeep misses a great opportunity, he was unmarked and had a solo attempt at goal.


20:42 (IST): 56' Belgium finally convert their 5th penalty corner chance. Simon Gougnard makes it 2-2.


20:38 (IST): 50' Akashdeep makes it 2-1 for India with a smart deflection in the 50th minute. This goal comes totally against the run of play. Belgium left Akashdeep alone in the circle as he made full use of Raghunath's strike, great deflection.

20:33 (IST): 48' Belgium squander another penalty corner chance! India 1 Belgium 1.

20:32 (IST): 44' Equaliser! India's Mandeep Singh scores through a field-goal! India 1 Belgium 1.


20:25 (IST): 40', India 0 Belgium 1. Finally some possession for Indian team. Been all Belgium so far. Bad hockey from India.

20:22 (IST): India 0 Belgium 1. India's goalkeeper Sreejesh is the main reason why we are still in it. Otherwise, Belgium have been menacing in their attack so far.


20:20 (IST): Belgium's coach Mark Lammers is glad his team got the first goal.


20:13 (IST): India 0 Belgium 1(Half-time). Florent van Aubel's 34th minute strike puts Belgium ahead. The Indian forwards and the midfielders have a mountain of a task at hand. They haven't even posed a single threat to the Belgian defense as of now!


20:11 (IST): 34' It's Florent van Aubel who gets the first goal for Belgium. India's referral denied.

20:10 (IST): 34'
Belgium take lead after some delay in confirmation. Florent van Aubel hit a nice slapshot into the goal. Belgium 1 India 0.


20:07 (IST): 32' 0-0 Green card for India's Chinglensana. Belgian attacks coming one after the other.

20:04 (IST): Belgium waste their third penalty corner chance in the 29th minute. Still 0-0.


19:57(IST): 23', Indian goal escapes a Belgian attempt. Sreejesh standing like a rock. Still 0-0.

19:54 (IST): Belgium waste two back-to-back penalty corners in the 18th and 19th minute.

19:53 (IST): Belgium's hit goes high and is saved by Sreejesh. India go ahead on counter-attack.

19:51 (IST): Belgium ask for a video referral, which gives them another penalty corner. The ball struck an Indian defender on the calf off Belgium's drag-flicker.

19:50 (IST): Belgium get the game's first penalty corner. Can they get the first goal?

19:49 (IST): 14' Belgium 0 India 0. India's goalkeeper Sreejesh makes a great reaction save after a tricky deflection. Some good defense there, especially from Lakra.


19:44 (IST): Belgium 0 India 0 after 10 minutes of play. Belgium trying hard for circle penetration. India's Yuvraj got a hit inside the Belgian circle but Mandeep's hit at the box went away and struck the advertisement hoardings.


19:37 (IST): 4', Belgium lead possession against India but no real threat as of now. Belgium haven't yet got a direct hit. Here is how defending champions Australia beat Malaysia convincingly in an earlier match today.


19:33 (IST): The game between India and Belgium is underway.


19:22 (IST): The Indian goalies are being given some serious practice by the trainers, both Sree and Harjot. Meanwhile, the turf has been lifted and been laid over the artificial soccer turf. Both the teams are on the field already.


19:20 (IST): Quite a few Indian fans from local areas, England and Germany are at the ground to witness this spectacle. Only 10 minutes to go before the official start!


Injury-hit India will be seeking to reverse the tide of their recent encounters against Europe's rising hockey powerhouse Belgium in the World Cup opener at the Kyocera Stadium on Saturday.


Far removed from the glorious era of India's global domination, the Sardar Singh-led team is aspiring to put up a credible show in the World Cup, where India has not qualified for the semi-finals for nearly four decades since the title triumph of 1975 in Kuala Lumpur. India also finished last in the 2012 Olympics.

European Cup runners-up Belgium are the new force to contend with on the hockey turf after making impressive strides during the past three years.

Starting with the Champions Challenge in Johannesburg in 2011, where they upstaged India in the last five minutes to clinch the title after conceding a two-goal lead, the Belgians have lost just one of the past four key encounters with India. The Belgians went on to post a victory over India in the 2012 Olympics Games, but their wayward shooting allowed India to hang on to a lone-goal lead in the quarter-finals of the Champions Trophy in Melbourne later that year.

In their last meeting, Belgium dashed India's hopes of emerging winners in the World League Finals play-off for the fifth position. On Saturday, the Indians will seek to avenge their defeat, and get off to a flying start in the World Cup. India are drawn in Group A alongside defending champions Australia, formidable Spain and Belgium, beside 2012 Olympic semi-finalists England and fast improving Malaysia. (Read more)


Can India Repeat 1975 World Cup Success?


Although India were only able to finish last in their last major hockey campaign at the 2012 London Olympics, it will be interesting to see if the new and motivated Sardar Singh-led team can pull something out of the ordinary and repeat India's 1975 World Cup win. Hockey India (HI) felicitated 13 living members of the 1975 World Cup winning side at a glittering ceremony a few weeks ago.

Ajit Pal Singh, the captain of the 1975 team, Ashok Kumar, Aslam Sher Khan, Brigadier (retd) Harcharan Singh, Leslie Fernandez, Varinder Singh, Ashok Diwan, Michael Kindo, B.P. Govinda, Brigadier (retd) H.J.S. Chimni, V.J. Phillips, Onkar Singh and Kaliah P.E. were each honoured with a cheque of Rs.175,000 after 39 years of the historic win.

The 1975 World Cup team was felicitated on the announcement of the squad for the World Cup in The Hague.


Sachin Tendulkar Says Go For Gold


The Indian men's hockey team were in for a surprise as batting legend Sachin Tendulkar visited them in New Delhi to wish them luck for the World Cup. The Little Master shared his experience on the cricket field and also gave words of encouragement to the players on the challenges of playing such a big tournament.

According to an official release by Hockey India, Tendulkar was instrumental in pointing out how it was all about handling pressure and maintaining a positive attitude, irrespective of the situation. (Read more)



Need to Keep a Check on Belgium's Drag Flicker Tom Boon: Sardar Singh


India captain Sardar Singh feels his team's success in the tough hockey World Cup opener against Belgium will largely depend on keeping opposition hit-man Tom Boon under check.

There is very little to choose between both the teams as far as FIH rankings are concerned as India is ranked eight while Belgium is a rung below at the ninth position. But Sardar is confident about a positive start.

"The team is all set for the opening match against Belgium and we are confident of making a winning start," he said on the eve of their Group A encounter. (Read more)


Semifinal Finish in Hockey World Cup Will be Big Achievement for India: Pargat Singh

Fully aware about the Herculean task that awaits the Indian men's hockey team in the upcoming World Cup, former captain Pargat Singh said a semifinal finish in the mega-event would be a big achievement for the past masters of the game.

"Going by the team's performance since last year till date, reaching the semifinals will be a big achievement. It will be a credit to the team," Pargat told PTI. (Read more)


India Beat South Africa 4-1 in Final Practice Game Before World Cup; Lose 2-1 to Argentina


A spirited India defeated South Africa 4-1 in their final practice game to round off their warm-up campaign ahead of the Hockey World Cup on a positive note here.

India had earlier lost 2-1 to Argentina in the first practice game. Hit hard by injuries to two key strikers -- Ramandeep Singh and Nikkin Thimmaiah, the Indians played the game against South Africa with maturity and a sense of purpose.

Three of India's goals came from penalty corner conversions by Rupinderpal Singh (2) and V R Raghunath, while captain Sardar Singh also contributed to the scoreline with a field goal. (Read more)


Yuvraj Walmiki Replaces Injured Nikkin Thimmaiah in Indian Team


Indian men's hockey team suffered yet another blow as forward Nikkin Thimmaiah has been ruled out of the upcoming Hockey World Cup, following a hamstring pull on the right side.

Doctors diagnosed a tear in hamstring muscle and have advised Thimmaiah a complete bed rest of four weeks. Yuvraj Walmiki has been named as his replacement.

Some days back, striker Ramandeep Singh was also ruled out of the tournament after seriously injuring himself during India's first practice match against Argentina. (Read more)

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