|December 6th, 2012|
|13||Quarterfinal||5:30pm||IND - BEL||1 - 0 (1 - 0)||Final|
India – Belgium 1-0 (1-0 halftime)
After sitting out of the Champions Trophy for the last six editions, India’s grand return to hockey’s top stage continued as they earned a spot in Saturday’s semi-final where they will take on the winner of the Australia v. England quarterfinal. India’s earned its spot after a nail-biting 1-0 win against a persistent Belgium team in an entertaining quarterfinal meeting.
The Indians will go for their first Champions Trophy medal since 1982 and are guaranteed their first top-four finish since 2004. A massive success considering the fact that the Indians came into the even as the lowest team in the FIH World Ranking, weighing in at #11.
Nithin Thimmaiah gave India the early advantage after getting a perfect feed from Sardar Singh for the easy 1-0 tap in. Belgium slowly gained momentum as the half wore on and gave the Indians some worry moments late in the half with two good penalty corner chances, but ultimately, India escaped the half with the slim 1-0 lead.
The second half, it was India’s turn to own the momentum, but they simply couldn’t convert their chances into goals, as the tension built with only one goal separating the teams. Belgium had a handful of later penalty corner chances, while the Indians had a speedy counter attack, but neither team managed to put a dent in the scoreboard as Thimmaiah’s goal stood as the lone marker in the critical quarterfinal game.
Belgium is still looking for the elusive first victory at the Champions Trophy. The newcomers have put in some strong performances, but own a 0-4 record so far. The Belgians will look to get the first win in the placement round.
Note: Today marked Sardar Singh’s 150th international cap for India.
|December 06th, 2012 at 12:08 am||We're 25 minutes away from the start of the India v. Belgium QF. Winner will meet the winner of AUS v. ENG|
|December 06th, 2012 at 12:21 am||Fun fact while you wait for the start of the IND v. BEL game. Today marks Sardar Singh's 150th cap - congratulations to him!|
|December 06th, 2012 at 12:34 am||Anthems are over and now it's time to get down to business and find our third semi-finalist. Will it be Belgium or India?|
|December 06th, 2012 at 12:47 am||10 minutes gone and teams seem to be testing the waters right now. Still 0-0.|
|December 06th, 2012 at 12:49 am||Goal for India -- perfect feed and finish as they climb ahead 1-0 in the 12th minute|
|December 06th, 2012 at 1:04 am||10 minutes to go in the first half and India remains in control with a 1-0 lead.|
|December 06th, 2012 at 1:17 am||Belgium picks up steam at the end of the half, but India takes the 1-0 lead into the break -- a close one in Melbourne!|
|December 06th, 2012 at 1:26 am||Second half whistle just blew -- hold onto your hats for an exciting 35 minute finale between India and Belgium!|
|December 06th, 2012 at 1:39 am||15 minutes into the half and this one is still up for grabs with India clinging to a slim 1-0 lead|
|December 06th, 2012 at 1:48 am||Time continues to tick away -- 11 minutes left and India still up 1-0 against Belgium.|
|December 06th, 2012 at 1:54 am||9 to go -- Belgium getting some good looks, but India still holds the lead.|
|December 06th, 2012 at 2:04 am||Just over two minutes left and pc chance for Belgium -- and Boon shoots wide. India still leading 1-0|
|December 06th, 2012 at 2:06 am||Belgium pulls goalie for the extra attacker -- one minute to go|
|December 06th, 2012 at 2:06 am||Time runs out for Belgium and India is in the medal hunt at the Champions Trophy!|
|December 06th, 2012 at 3:22 am||Jamie Dwyer shows why he's one of the best when he breaks the coring silence 15 minutes into action.|