|June 14th, 2013|
|4||Pool A||11:00am||AUS - BEL||1 - 3 (0 - 2)||Final||x 21|
Australia – Belgium 1-3 (0-2 halftime)
Belgium proved yet again that they are one of the fastest improving nations in world hockey by recording a superb 3-1 victory over reigning world champions Australia on day 2 of the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi Final tournament in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. It was a top class performance Belgium, with goals from Sebastien Dockier, Cedric Charlier and John-John Dohmen giving the Europeans a memorable win over the world’s number 2 ranked team.
Belgium made the perfect start to their Hockey World League Round 3 campaign when Dockier produced a wonderful deflection inside the first 30 seconds of the match to open the scoring. It was a goal which rocked the Kookaburras, but it they were soon back on steady ground and began to mount wave after wave of positive attacking play. However, the Belgians dealt with the challenge impressively, and soon doubled their advantage when Cedric Charlier fired home from close range after being teed up by the outstanding Thomas Briels.
The Australians could easily have been level ahead of the break were it not for some fine saves from Vincent Vanasch, who also watched a diving effort from five times FIH Player of the Year Jamie Dwyer go agonisingly wide of the target.
Australia were hugely impressive in the second half, but continued to struggle to find a breakthrough despite numerous penalty corner efforts. That was until the 63rd minute, when Russell Ford reduced the deficit from open play following some masterful work from Dwyer. However, The Belgians re-established their two goal advantage five minutes from full time, with John-John Dohmen producing a clinical finish to seal a memorable victory over the 2010 World Champions.
|June 14th, 2013 at 3:58 am||Our second men's game of the day is about to get underway -- Australia v. Belgium...sure to be a real barn burner.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 4:11 am||Wow! Belgium take the lead inside the first 30 seconds of the match. Sabastien Dockier with a superb deflection.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 4:21 am||AUS 0-1 BEL - '13: The Kookaburras were rocked by Dockier's early strike, but are beginning to look very threatening going forwards.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 4:23 am||AUS 0-1 BEL - '15: Australia win a penalty corner, but their slick routine is forced away to safety by the Belgian defence.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 4:26 am||AUS 0-2 BEL - '18: Unbelievable. The Belgians net again, with Cedric Charlier forcing home from close range. Amazing stuff|
|June 14th, 2013 at 4:35 am||AUS 0-2 BEL - '25: 10 minutes until half time and Belgium have a two goal advantage. AUS continue to threaten, but BEL defending well|
|June 14th, 2013 at 4:36 am||AUS 0-2 BEL - '27: A diving Jamie Dwyer almost pulls one back for Australia, but his reverse stick effort goes just wide|
|June 14th, 2013 at 4:40 am||AUS 0-2 BEL - '32: John-John Dohmen forces a brilliant save from Aussie keeper Clemons with a cracking reverse stick shot|
|June 14th, 2013 at 4:47 am||AUS 0-2 BEL - '35: Half time! Belgium are on track for a fine win against Australia, but there is a long way to go.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 4:54 am||AUS 0-2 BEL - '36: Second half underway ... the next goal will be crucial!|
|June 14th, 2013 at 4:59 am||AUS 0-2 BEL - '41: Kookaburras continue to look dangerous, but they cannot find a breakthrough against the impressive Belgians|
|June 14th, 2013 at 5:10 am||AUS 0-2 BEL - '51: Australia continue to apply pressure and win a PC, but Belgium clear the danger|
|June 14th, 2013 at 5:13 am||AUS 0-2 BEL - '53: Belgium almost grab a third when Stockbroekx crashes a powerful shot into Clemons pads|
|June 14th, 2013 at 5:25 am||AUS 1-2 BEL - '63: Russell Ford pulls one back for the Kookaburras. Great work by Dwyer to find Ford at back post.|
|June 14th, 2013 at 5:26 am||AUS 1-3 BEL - '65: John-John Dohmen re-establishes the two goal advantage for Belgium. Great stuff!|
|June 14th, 2013 at 5:32 am||AUS 1-3 BEL - '70: Full time. Belgium take the victory over Australia, giving them the perfect start to #WLR3|