Pakistan’s miserable campaign at men’s the men’s hockey World Cup finally came to an end after Olympic silver medallists Belgium thrashed the four-time champions 5-0 in the third cross-over match at the Kalinga Stadium here on Tuesday.
Staring the match as favorites, the Red Lions toyed with the Pakistani defense which somehow managed to hold on in the opening 10 minutes. But once Alexander Hendricks (10th minute) converted a penalty corner, the Pakistani defense broke apart and gates opened up for Belgium. Besides, Hendricks, skipper Thomas Briels (13th), Cedric Charlier (27th,) Sebastian Dockier (35th) and Tom Boon (53rd) were the other goal-getters for Belgium.
While Pakistan will pack their bags and return home, Belgium will take Germany in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Red Lions ranked third in the world, came into the match as outright favorites against the world no. 13 Pakistan and they played like champions, dominating the proceedings for a major part of the 60 minutes. Belgium’s first scoring chance came from the very first move in the form of a penalty corner but the Pakistani defense did enough to thwart the danger.
India to meet the Netherlands
Three-time champions the Netherlands mauled lower-ranked Canada 5-0 in the final cross-over match to set up a quarterfinal clash against hosts India.
Dominating the proceedings, Netherlands scored five field goals through Lars Balk (16th minute), Robert Kemperman (20th), Thijs van Dan (40th, 58th) and Thierry Brinkman (41st) to register the comfortable win at the Kalinga Stadium. The Dutch were the early aggressor as they made continuous forays. The Canadians, on the other hand, preferred to sit back and defend while looking for counters.
(Alexander Hendrickx 10, Thomas Briels 13, Tom Boon 53)
(Lars Balk 16, Robbert Kemperman 20, Thijs Van Dam 40, 58, Thierry Brinkman)
From Online Sources