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HWL: India lose 4-0 to aggressive Belgium in semis

The Indian men's hockey team suffered a 0-4 loss at the hands of Belgium as they succumbed to pressure in the semifinal of the FIH Hockey World League (HWL) Semifinals at the KHC Dragons Stadium on Friday.

Belgium forward Florent van Aubel scored 3 goals for his side, whose organized game cut out India's chances of scoring the goals.

Belgium scored the first goal of the match in the second minute on a defensive lapse at the top of the Indian circle. van Aubel scored two goals in the second half on penalty corner rebound to crush India's hopes of a comeback.

Belgium will play the winner of the second semifinal between World champions Australia and England, while India will go into the bronze medal contest.

An error made by Jasjeet Singh in controlling the ball on top of the circle in the second minute led to Belgium taking an early lead. Singh lost the bouncy ball that Felix Denayer picked up on the right side and sent a square pass for van Aubel, who sent a firm reverse shot into the board.

6 minutes later, Belgium was 2 goals ahead on their first penalty corner. Arthur van Doren's penalty corner shot was padded by goalkeeper P R Sreejesh and the rebound went to Cosyns, who scored with a solid shot.

India brought in defender Rupinder Pal Singh, who was injured in warm-up games and made no appearance in the preliminary round matches. He played for an extended period and was on the pitch to take the 3 penalty corners India forced in the second session, but shot just wide of either post in two attempts to shoot into the corner.