India Drub Belgium Because of Harman.

FIH Pro League: Harmanpreet played quite impressively and strike twice .

Jun 3, 2023 - 18:08
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India Drub Belgium Because of Harman.
Indian Hockey Captain Harmanpreet Singh.

Captain Harmanpreet Singh struck a brace as India stunned Olympic champions Belgium 5-1 here on Friday after back-to-back defeats in their European leg of the FIH Pro League. Midfielder Vivek Sagar Prasad gave India the lead in the second minute of the game before Harmanpreet (20th and 30th min) scored twice from penalty corners. Amit Rohidas (29th) and Dilpreet Singh (60th) were the other Indian goal scorers. 

William Ghislain (46th) scored the lone goal for Belgium in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. India, who had come to Europe as Pro League table toppers, lost the opening game of the European leg to Belgium 1-2 on May 26 before going down to Great Britain 2-4 the next day. With redemption on their mind, the Indians got off to a rollicking start with a well-executed field goal in the second minute, which set the momentum for the game. 

It was Gurjant Singh who set up the goal for Vivek with a fine assist from the left flank. India built on this early success, displayed good control of the ball and showed the right temperament in their attacking structure. They mounted pressure on the Belgian defence when newcomer Sanjay forced the experienced Emanuel stockbroekx to make an error while making space in the Belgium half. The infringement resulted in India being awarded their first penalty corner strike. Though India could not convert this opportunity, they were successful from another PC in the 20th minute. 

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