|December 8th, 2012|
|17||5-8 Place||8:30am||BEL - ENG||4 - 0 (1 - 0)||Final|
Belgium – England 4-0 (1-0 halftime)
Belgium made history today after earning its first-ever Champions Trophy win and it could not have come at a better time as the victory keeps the Belgians’ hopes alive to return to next year’s edition. Belgium beat England 4-0 and will now play for fifth place against the winner of the Germany v- New Zealand game. The top five finishers in Melbourne are guaranteed a spot in next year’s Champions Trophy in India.
Belgium took the 1-0 lead when captain Jerome Truyens scored with eight minutes to go in the half, he finished the game with two goals. 15 minutes into the second half, It looked like England netted the equalizer in a bizarre angle effort, but the video umpire determined the ball had not entered the goal and the Belgium lead stood. Cedric Charlier and Truyens netted two late goals in the last 12 minutes of the game – sealing the historic win for the Red Lions.
England, which is having a sub-par tournament in Melbourne, will now look to avoid finishing at the bottom of the pack when it plays the loser of the Germany v. New Zealand game for seventh place.
The top five teams from the Champions Trophy are guaranteed a spot in the next edition of the event, which will be held in India. Argentina will join the field after winning the recently-concluded Champions Challenge 1 in Quilmes and two wild card spots will be granted by the FIH to complete the eight-team field for the next Champions Trophy.
|December 07th, 2012 at 3:47 pm||Good morning from sunny Melbourne. England and Belgium are set to battle to avoid the 7th place game and relegation|
|December 07th, 2012 at 4:04 pm||Belgium is first to get on the scoreboard when Jerome Truyes scores with nine to go in the half.|
|December 07th, 2012 at 4:15 pm||Belgium takes the 1-0 lead into half against England.|
|December 07th, 2012 at 4:44 pm||15 minutes to go and Belgians are in the hunt for their first-ever CT win holding a 1-0 lead against England|
|December 07th, 2012 at 4:47 pm||Belgium doubles its lead with 13 to go. Cedric Charlier with the key goal that could make Belgian history|
|December 07th, 2012 at 4:50 pm||Truyens puts in his second of the game. Belgium with a 3-0 lead and well on the way to their first CT win.|
|December 07th, 2012 at 5:02 pm||Congratulations to Belgium, who picks up their first-ever CT win with a 4-0 victory over England|