The 14th edition of Hockey World Cup is back in India and is all set to take place in Bhubaneshwar, Odhisa. The hockey world cup started on 28th November and will last till 16th December and will take place at the Kalinga Stadium. A total of 16 countries are participating in this event.
At the first half of the game, the Belgium side totally dominated in the first half with their crisp game. They looked like a level above the Indians in terms of skills.
In the first quarter, at the 8th minute, the Belgium side got the first goal in the form of Penalty corner conversion by Alexander Hendrickx as he struck the ball in the middle of the goal.
The third quarter saw India starting aggressively and started hitting more accurate shots at the goals and turned up the heat, and at the 39th minute, India earned a penalty corner which was converted by Harmanpreet Singh. It was a much-needed equaliser by the Indian side.
The fourth quarter saw both teams starting off aggressively. Indians were holding their lead smartly. They were making sensible passes and the defence was on point. In the 47th minute, Simranjeet Singh scored his third goal of the tournament courtesy of a brilliant pass from Manpreet Singh. Indians were now leading for the first time in the game.
Twitter enjoyed the hard-fought between the two giants from the Hockey world.
Strong Comeback By India In 2nd Half Coming From 0-1 Down To 2-1. That Last Goal From Belgium With 4 Mins From Finishing Time Ended The Match In A Draw.
— Sir Jadeja (@SirJadeja) December 2, 2018
— Jaiprakash Rathi (@JPRATHI11) December 2, 2018
What a game….At the end of first half We thought it is very difficult to stop these European team….but Indian Team proved us wrong at the end of march…… Well played India….#INDvBEL #HockeyWorldCup2018 @thefield_in
— Jaiprakash Rathi (@JPRATHI11) December 2, 2018
Big man Sreejesh starts well. #INDvBEL
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) December 2, 2018
What a GREAT MATCH! The Indian men battling it out on the field to level the game with a 2-2 score! Good job boys! You played like real heroes 👏🏻👏🏻✌🏻@TheHockeyIndia#INDvBEL #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) December 2, 2018
Here is how the crowd reacted to Harmanpreet's equaliser.
Video: Hockey India. pic.twitter.com/3GO4H2Open
— The Bridge (@TheBridge_IN) December 2, 2018
— Praveen Sudevan (@praveensudevan) December 2, 2018
1-0 down against the Rio Olympic finalists to an inspired fightback leading 2-1 within a span of 15 minutes.
Resilience 101 from @TheHockeyIndia!
— Hemang (@SirSchweini) December 2, 2018
— Rhea Thakur (@imRheaT) December 2, 2018
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 2, 2018
— चौधरी .दी.एस. कुंतल (@DeepakKuntal935) December 2, 2018
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) December 2, 2018
#INDvBEL Such a soft late goal conceded by India once again! We were dominating! if we need to become better; need to capitalize on such situations
— Adi (@AdiShriram) December 2, 2018
India's superb second half performance and hold title contenders Belgium to a 2-2 draw in a crucial Pool C match of the Men's Hockey World Cup 2018. #INDvBEL
🏑 Credit to both @TheHockeyIndia and @BELRedLions@Ra_THORe #HWC2018#Odisha2018
🇮🇳 #INDvBEL 🇧🇪 pic.twitter.com/41MpZ3CU72
— DharmvirJangra🇮🇳 (@dharmvirjangra9) December 2, 2018
Ind vs Bel 2-2. Thats a very good result for India. Lion hearted fight back after being down 0-1 at half time and totally over run by Bel in the 1st half. Disappointing to again concede a late equaliser. But India was outstanding in the 2nd half. Well played #INDvBEL #HWC2018 pic.twitter.com/4QuTrOkBxT
— Deepak J Shetty (@DeepakJShetty2) December 2, 2018
Great win!! Incidentally even if India gets direct entry into Q.F. they will have to match up with either GER or NED from Pool D 🤔 #INDvBEL
— Dhiraj Grover (@DhirajGrover1) December 2, 2018
#INDvBEL Well played . keep going !
— thriveni (@thriveni1) December 2, 2018
Excellent match it was. I got goosebumps throughout the game. Even though the ball possession was not in our favor, we made a solid comeback in second half of the game. Good going India! Home crowd was overwhelming tonight!#INDvBEL @TheHockeyIndia #HWC2018
— Siddharth Srivastava (@iamsid_04) December 2, 2018
Wow! Draw against Belgium would give huge confidence to the players! Apart from Q1, rest of the quarters we had more possession then 🇧🇪 that was awesome to see. Common India! #IndvBel
— Dinesh Kumar V K (@anundinesh) December 2, 2018
What a great game this was. Battling performance from both teams #INDvBEL 💪 come onnn India
— Ash (@iamyoungindian) December 2, 2018
It's 2-2.. No worries, India played really well against a high ranked team… India needs to thrash Canada for Top position… All the best #INDvBEL
— Anshuman Mishra (@Anshuman86m) December 2, 2018
— ತ್ರಿನೇತ್ರ (@Thrinetra03) December 2, 2018
— RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) December 2, 2018
— Hockey World Cup 2018 – Host Partner (@sports_odisha) December 2, 2018
— ARMAN (NZR) (@arman_armu_) December 2, 2018