India are on top of Pool C with four points from two matches and better goal difference. Belgium are hanging at their neck with the same points. Belgium will take on South Africa ahead of India's match and if they beat South Africa, India will need to win their match to advance and hope that Belgium's goal difference remains inferior. India have so far enjoyed a vociferous support at the home ground became the people behind them all the time and the players have drawn from that energy and have put up excellent performances. India vs Canada Hockey World Cup, Live Updates Canada have shown great spirit so far in the tournament and India will need to be at their best to get past Canada directly into the quarters.
India are heading into the match on the back of a commanding win over South Africa on November 28, while the Red Lions managed a not-so-impressive win over Canada. India presently stand atop in Pool C owing to goal difference, but a win tonight can assure them of a direct qualification for the quarter-final round.
A loss will mean they will have to rely on crossovers to reach the quarters. India are held to a draw against Belgium.
Belgium back in the game with the equaliser. It now winner takes all. Simranjeet pokes in the pass from the left plank to put India ahead in the game.
Kalinga is roring, but it the sound of the Indian fans this time for their team is all but few minutes away from sealing quarters berth. India are one, Belgium are one and now, who will score the winner.
A draw will keep India atop with Canada match to decide their fate. Hrmapreet's goal from the spot put India back in the game and now it will be a game for the winner. India get it wrong and lose their referral. Score stands now.
Manpreet to inject, Varun has the pressure. Hits the foot of the defender. Another PC. A penalty for India - Harmapreet scores and India pull off the equaliser.
Harmanpreet it is India fail another PC in the World Cup.
Big opportunity missed IST, 33 minutes into the game: India are pushing for the equaliser. There is a sudden change in their game.
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India going all attacking as coach Harendra just said. Can India pull off the equaliser? It is halftime at the Kalinga Stadium. Can India manage to make a comeback in the game?
They amnaged to maintain only 38 per cent ball posession.
Fails to find the gap and hits the woodwork. Was a bit selfish from Dilpreet to not have played the ball to Lalit who stood right in front of the face of the post. Mandeep missed the mark by inches. Wonderful ball from Lakra, but the deflection, went off the mark End of the first quarter.
Good timing, finds the space and sends the ball roaring between the legs of Sreejesh. Hendricks puts Belgium ahead.
A long pass and striker tried to deflect the ball towards the defender Yes says the referral and third PC for Belgium. It is looking like Champions Trophy altogether. The first two PC in the game and India manage to block them both. Early pressure and India need to counter it quickly.
Is it a penalty corner? Yes says the referral.
India under pressure immediately. Shot hits Manpreet on the boot. India in blue and Belgium in blue and both kick off to find a place in the quarters. But India would play the normal game they have been playing and so will Belgium.
And yes, Belgium will try and close down the moment the space of Indian forward that the Indians enjoy against the weaker opponents. They may not find that space against Belgium. But looking at the confidence of the Indian team especially the strikers, it looks good. Only one ended in a draw, their last encounter, in Champions Trophy in Breda, where India had conceded a late goal against Belgium.