|June 17th, 2013|
|10||Pool A||2:30pm||BEL - ESP||1 - 1 (1 - 0)||Final||x 7|
Belgium – Spain 1-1 (1-0 halftime)
Belgium needed just one point from today’s game against Spain to earn first place in Group A at the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi-Final, and they got just that with a nail-biting 1-1 draw against Spain.
The win means that Belgium finishes on top of its preliminary round group and will face either India or Ireland in Wednesday’s quarterfinal. The draw gives Spain a third-place finish in the group.
The first half was a lot of back-and-forth with very little offense. It wasn’t until Spain scored an own goal with two minutes left in the half that the scoreline changed. That goal would ultimately be what gave Belgium the first-place finish in the group.
Spain came out stronger in the second half and was finally rewarded when David Alegre put in a blooper goal that bounced off goaltender Vincent Vanash’s foot. The goal pulled Spain even with Belgium and made for a tense last 12 minutes as Spain jumped on the momentum and gave the Belgians some worrying chances.
In the end, Belgium hung on for the draw and can now look ahead to being the top seed on quarterfinal Wednesday.
|June 17th, 2013 at 7:35 am||Belgium and Spain are in their final huddles before the first whistle blows. Belgium looking for first place in Group A|
|June 17th, 2013 at 7:36 am||In case you haven't been following the earlier games -- remember all games are being streamed live on the FIH You Tube channel|
|June 17th, 2013 at 7:45 am||We're about 10 minutes into the game and neither Spain or Belgium has scored -- this one is sure to be a battle!|
|June 17th, 2013 at 8:18 am||Some eagle eyed fans caught me -- in a desperate bid to get to the press room, I missed a late Belgium goal. Score is 1-0|
|June 17th, 2013 at 8:29 am||About 10 minutes into the second half and Belgium holds a 1-0 lead. They need just one point from this game to win Group A|