Belgium won the men’s hockey world cup in India after defeating Netherlands 3-2 on penalty shootouts. Belgium stunned the hockey powerhouse Netherlands in a thrilling encounter which remained goalless draw after four quarters of field play. The final was even level after the penalty shoot outs as both sides converted two penalties into goals. Finally, Belgium converted the penalty into goal and Belgium goalkeeper deny the Dutch player a chance to convert the penalty.
Belgium once considered as minnows of hockey and never won a major international hockey title emerged on the world scale. Belgium joined Netherlands, Germany, Australia, India and Pakistan as the winners of this prestigious tournament. Pakistan has won the most world cups so far. Pakistan won four world cups as Netherlands won 3 and Germany and Australia two each. While India and Belgium won one each.
Belgium became the sixth team to win the men’s hockey World Cup after winning a penalty shootout 3-2 against three-time champions Netherlands at Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium. A goalless stalemate in regulation time forced the shootout which also resulted in a 2-2 deadlock after five penalties each in the all-European final.
Belgium played a flawless hockey throughout the tournament. Belgium has a solid defense and good attack to capitilise on the mistakes of opponents. Belgium hockey team made big strides in recent period and made history after winning the world cup.
Australia thrashed England 8-1 in the third-place playoff match. Australia outplayed England in a one-sided match.
Both Pakistan and India failed to reach the semifinals of the tournament.
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17 November, 2019