|December 6th, 2009|
|02||Pool A||2:00pm||BEL - CHN||4 - 3 (1 - 1)||Final|
The second game of the day started on a high rhythm, as if both team wanted to fight off the cool rain. Belgium were quickly dangerous and Renaud PANGRAZIO opened the scoring in the 10th minute after a quick counter-attack found him alone in front of the goal. China were nevertheless unphased and score within minutes by Yubo NA to level the score.
The game was swinging back and forth at an exciting pace but both goal-keepers stood tall and no further goals were scored in the period. The same pattern prevailed at the start of the second half, and teams traded goals in quick succession. First Huiren HU scored on a penalty-corner after a combination that mystified the Belgium defense, then Jeffrey THYS tied the game with a strong shot from the top of the circle. But the joy of the Belgium players was short lived, Yi SONG giving back the advantage to his team within a minute with a decisive strike from close range!
Belgium tied the score again in the 53rd minute by Simon GOUGNARD on another hard shot from the top of the circle, much to the displeasure of the Chinese players who argued that he was outside the zone. Belgium had the upper hand in the final stage of the game and were rewarded when Renaud PANGRAZIO stroked again to take the lead with less than five minutes to go.
With China reduced to ten players on a green card to Huiren HU, no more goals were scored and Belgium earned a deserved win in a hard fought game, despite a heavy deficit in experience (with Max MACHTELINX and Loȉck LUYPAERT earning their first International Caps today).