Diarytimes Media Network, Shimla Published by : Kumud Sharma, Updated June 3, 2023 by Diary Times
The Indian men’s hockey team registered a stunning 5-1 win against reigning Olympic Champions Belgium in their second match against them in the ongoing FIH Hockey Pro League at the Lee Valley Stadium in London on Friday.
India captain Harmanpreet Singh scored twice (20′, 30′) while Vivek Sagar Prasad (2′), Amit Rohidas (29′) and Dilpreet Singh (60′) scored a goal each that helped the team avenge the 1-2 loss in their previous match against Belgium last week.
With redemption on their mind, the Indian team got off to a rollicking start with a well-executed field goal in only the 2nd minute of the game which set the momentum for the game. Gurjant Singh 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 Emmanuel Stockbroekx to make an error while making space in Belgium’s half. The infringement resulted in India being awarded their first PC.