As it happened | Hockey World Cup: Belgium rout England 6-0
It's full time! Belgium 6-0 England
Belgium have won the game by a margin of six goals. England failed to score even one. Though in the fourth quarter they tried to speed up but it wasn't of any help. Belgium's defence was superb. They played a complete game, which helped them outclass England and reach the finals of the Hockey World Cup 2018.
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SCORE: 0-6#HWC2018 #Odisha2018
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Penalty Corner for England. Belgium take Video referral and he says no reason to change on field decision and Belgium lose their referral.
England again fail to convert the PC as Vanasch make a save.
BEL 6-0 ENG
6th goal for Belgium. Goals are raining for the Red Lions Things are over for England. Only a miracle now can bring them back into the game.
Belgium netted continuous two goals on England's goalpost to further excavate the wound.
0-6 by @SebDockier with a missile in the roof of the goal ! #HWC2018 #engbel #RoarTogether #RoarForGold— Belgian Red Lions (@BELRedLions) December 15, 2018
In the fourth quarter, England had the chance to reduce the deficit but a striker failed to intercept the ball at the top of the circle.
Belgium struck again to make it a difference of four goals against England. The English side have lost all the hopes of making a comeback in the game.
Though there is still one quarter left but it won't have any major difference.
Belgium inch closer to finals of the Hockey World cup.
KABOOOOM !!! @Alex_n3x for a 4th goal #HWC2018 #engbel #RoarTogether #RoarForGold— Belgian Red Lions (@BELRedLions) December 15, 2018
Belgium scored the 3rd gold and it seem England World Cup 2018 dreams are nearly over.
Cedric Charlier scored the goal of the cross.
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SCORE: 0-3#HWC2018 #Odisha2018
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An example of strength and dedication towards his game and country. Respect.
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Half of the third quarter is over and England still haven't opened their account. Their game lacks speed and partnership. They are looking very loose, making it easier for Belgium to enter their circle.
Penalty corner for England at the start of third quarter. And wasted. The English sside got their first chance but they failed to convert it.
Score still the same with Belgium leading by two goals.
Belgium indeed played a brilliant hockey to look a better side in first two quarter in the field. They scored two goals to further dominate the game in the second half.
On the other hand, England never had any chance and they need to buck up their game to keep their World Cup hopes alive.
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SCORE: 0-2#HWC2018 #Odisha2018
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England are not able to enter Belgium's circle as the Red Lions are defending brilliantly.
Belgium have won almost all duels and are in total control of the game. They however failed to extend their lead as Dockier fail to put the cross into the net.
BEL 2-0 ENG
Belgium scores of PC deflection as Simon Gougnard scored. By virtue of their goal Belgium are in a dominating position. this is exactly how they have played their games in the tournament so far.
England seem to be perplexed. They have to score before the half time to be alive in the game.
🏑 | LIVE | @BELRedLions strike again! This time @simongougnard delivers!— Hockey World Cup 2018 - Host Partner (@sports_odisha) December 15, 2018
SCORE: 0-2#HWC2018 #Odisha2018
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Second quarter begins and England have launched their attack. They would be looking to equalise as soon as possible and also take a lead before the half time.
They made failed to make a final pass as the ball was brilliantly tackled by Belgium's defender
Belgium, on the other hand, are not leaving a stone unturned to press into England's 'D'.
England on counter-attack now, trying to break into the Belgium's 'D'. Belgium have the ball in the back of English net.
England is pressing hard in Belgium's circle. Belgium has been strong with their defence so far in the tournament so it won't be cakewalk.
Here we go for a new epic battle. Against England for a place in the final! Come on LIONS! #HWC2018 #engbel #RoarTogether #RoarForGold pic.twitter.com/5uvXTFsMfo— Belgian Red Lions (@BELRedLions) December 15, 2018
Both the teams are prepared and on the ground to begin the encounter.
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The first semifinal of the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 will see England lock horns with Belgium at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.
In the head to head comparisons, England and Belgium won equal number of matches i.e. 3 out of 8 matches played since 2013 while 2 ended in a draw.
Olympic silver medallist Belgium would be looking to create history by making their maiden World Cup final appearance against the English side today.
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