Indian Hockey Europe Tour : India 0 – 1 Belgium

The Indian hockey team started their tour of Europe in Belgium with a 0-1 loss at the hands of the hosts, as they scored in the dying minutes of the match to clinch the win in the opener of the tri-nation tournament

India are scheduled to play five matches against Belgium, Netherlands, and Austria on the 15-day tour.

Ayoung Indian side consisting of six uncapped players and a new captain for the tour in Manpreet Singh did not start their 15-day European exposure tour on the desired note as they lost their first encounter by a single goal.

The match started with a see-saw battle for possession and with both sides lacking clinical finishing the first quarter ended with the scoreboard at 0-0. The same story was repeated in the second quarter as well, as both sides failed to break down each other’s defence.

With both the sides adopting a similar style of play in the third quarter as well the match seemed to be heading for a draw. But a lapse of concentration from the Indian defence resulted in Tom Boon scoring a goal in the 60th minute for Belgium and that eventually proved to be the difference- maker between the two sides.

India next plays Belgium once again on Thursday but sadly for the Indian fans, the tour of Europe will not be telecast in India

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