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As it happened | Hockey World Cup: Belgium rout England 6-0

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Dec 15, 2018, 11:14 PM IST

Players of England and Belgium vie for the ball during the first semi-final of the Hockey World Cup. Photograph:(Twitter)

15 Dec 2018, 5:28 PM (IST)

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.




15 Dec 2018, 5:23 PM (IST)

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. 



15 Dec 2018, 5:15 PM (IST)

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. 




15 Dec 2018, 5:10 PM (IST)

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.


15 Dec 2018, 5:06 PM (IST)

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. 



15 Dec 2018, 5:02 PM (IST)

Belgium scored the 3rd gold and it seem England World Cup 2018 dreams are nearly over.

Cedric Charlier scored the goal of the cross.



15 Dec 2018, 5:01 PM (IST)

An example of strength and dedication towards his game and country. Respect. 



15 Dec 2018, 4:55 PM (IST)

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. 

15 Dec 2018, 4:48 PM (IST)

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.  

15 Dec 2018, 4:41 PM (IST)

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.




15 Dec 2018, 4:35 PM (IST)

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. 



15 Dec 2018, 4:29 PM (IST)

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. 



15 Dec 2018, 4:20 PM (IST)

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'.


15 Dec 2018, 4:17 PM (IST)

England on counter-attack now, trying to break into the Belgium's 'D'. Belgium have the ball in the back of English net.

15 Dec 2018, 4:05 PM (IST)

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.



15 Dec 2018, 3:49 PM (IST)

Both the teams are prepared and on the ground to begin the encounter. 



15 Dec 2018, 3:26 PM (IST)

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.