India beat Belgium in penalty shootout

HWL 2017: India beat Belgium; storm into Semifinals

HWL Final: India knock out Belgium via penalty shootout, enter semi-finals

After a 3-3 normal time the 10000 strong crowd was in for a treat as the match went into a penalty shoot out with the hosts coming out victorious 3-2 in sudden death. India, then, let go of a 2-0 advantage, allowing Arthur van Doren and Florent van Aubel to tie the scores in the shootouts.

The home team doubled the lead four minutes later through a cheeky conversion of a penalty corner. It was a vastly improved performance from India, who lost two and drew one in the group stage. They won their first match in the tournament and entered into the semi-finals.

Three second-half goals each by the teams saw the game going into the shootouts. Rupinder converted from a penalty corner.

India's semifinal opponent will be decided after the conclusion of remaining two-quarterfinals today. Gurjant Singh who always scored for the country in the crucial time, also kept his reputation by scoring the first goal for India in the 32 minutes. Just beginning of the third quarter, Olympic silver medallists Belgium was in the back foot. Rupinder Pal Singh then scored the third but Belgium nipped one back. But Harmanpreet Singh's shot went straight to the Belgian goalkeeper. The hosts drew with world champions Australia, before losing to England and Germany.

However, as was the case in the match, India took the lead in the shootout but the world no. 3 Belgium fought back as the five-a-side chances ended in a score of 2-2 after goalie Akash Chikte blocked four Belgian attackers during the shootout, while Lalit Upadhyay, Rupinder Pal Singh were on the mark for India.

While Gurjant Singh (31st minute), Harmanpreet Singh (35th) and Rupinderpal Singh (46th) were the goal scorers for India, Belgium's goals came from the sticks of Loick Luypaert (39th, 46th) and Amaury Keusters (53rd).

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