|May 6th, 2013|
|1||Round Robin||1:00pm||BEL - POR||19 - 0 (9 - 0)||Final||x 13|
The first match of the World League Round 2 in Saint-Germain started under overcast sky and a light drizzle, with a number of player getting their first taste of international play: Emmanuel Stockbroekx and Tanguy Cosyns for Belgium, Hugo Ferreira, Paulo Mendes, Miguel Rodrigues and William Rogerson for Portugal.
It did not take long for Belgium to stake their claim on the match, Tom Boon powering a penalty-corner past Pedro Santos in the Portuguese goal to open the scoring within 3 minutes of play. He doubled his tally a few minutes later on a deflection from close range, then Jerome Dekeyser promptly added another penalty-corner, and future was looking bleak for the Portuguese with still an hour to go.
The Portuguese players were fighting valiantly but were overwhelmed by the experience and superior skills of their opponents. Tom Boon scored 4 times, and 5 other players put their name on the score-sheet in first period for a score of 9-0 at half-time.
Belgium cruised through second period without exerting themselves too much. Portugal never let go and maintained their compact structure in defense, but play was confined in their defensive half and they were constantly under pressure. The last 15 minutes were too much for the Portuguese players and they could not prevent Belgium to score at will, 10 goals in second period for a final score of 19-0.
Tom Boon put 7 goals to his name, Jerome Dekeyser 3, and Tanguy Cosyns celebrated his first Cap with a sweet reverse stick deflection from close range.