Bhubaneswar (December 13, 2018): Belgium advanced to the semi-finals of the 2018 Hockey World Cup by beating two-time champions Germany 2-1 in a thrilling quarter-final clash in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.
Olympic silver medallist scored through Alexander Hendrickx (18th minute) and Tom Boon (50th) to register the come-from-behind win. World No. 6 Germany’s lone goal came from the stick of Dieter Linnekogel in the 14th minute.
Belgium will now fight it out with England on Saturday for a place in the final.
The Red Lions were by far the better side on display considering the number of scoring chances they got them in the opening two quarters.Belgium got their first scoring chance in the seventh minute in the form of a penalty corner but they could not capitalise on that.
Germany, however, took the lead against the run of play in the 14th minute when an unmarked Linnekogel scored from the top of the circle after receiving a pass from Tom Grambusch.
Stunned by the goal, Belgium went for the offensive and secured three back-to-back penalty corners just at the stroke of the first quarter but could convert none.Three minutes into the second quarter, Belgium secured their fifth penalty corner and Hendrickx scored with a grounded flick to level the scores.
The Red Lions earned two more penalty corners in the second quarter but again faltered as Germany defended in numbers.
Four minutes after the change of ends, Germany came close to restoring their lead but Timm Herzbursch’s shot from close range was kept at bay by Belgium goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch.