|June 21st, 2013|
|19||Semi-Final||5:00pm||BEL - NZL||3 - 2 (2 - 1)||Final||x 20|
Tom Boon’s double helped Belgium claim the first place in the final of the World League semi-final in Rotterdam as they held off New Zealand, copper-fastening their 2014 World Cup spot in the process.
Thomas Briels’ delightful little touch in front of Devon Manchester opened the scoring early on as he met a bouncing ball just before the goalkeeper closed in, lifting it up and over him before nestling in the net.
That lead lasted until the 18th minute when Alex Shaw’s powerful ball into the circle was redirected in by Blair Hilton, getting a faint touch whilst in the process of falling and leaving Vincent Vanasch with little time to react.
But Belgium made their move in the second third as Tom Boon rocketed home a high and straight drag flick over Manchester’s head before half-time. He added the third when others dallied in the circle, taking control with a clean strike in the 38th minute. Boon almost had a hat trick with a neat touch behind his back which Manchester did well to block as the Belgians looked well set.
The Blacksticks responded, though, and they were right back in the mix when Andy Hayward fired a low shot to the backboard from a penalty corner. And the same man almost had the equaliser with three minutes to go only for Vanasch to stick out a big toe to keep Belgium just in front.
The save confirmed Belgium were through while New Zealand must now battle in the third place playoff on Sunday.
|June 21st, 2013 at 10:05 am||Belgium and New Zealand almost ready for the first of the World League semi-finals, should be a cracker!|
|June 21st, 2013 at 10:11 am||A very impudent touch from Thomas Briels right in front of Devon Manchester makes it 1-0 to Belgium against NZ after six minutes|
|June 21st, 2013 at 10:21 am||15mins gone, it's been a wonderfully open game so far, Belgium still leading this semi-final 1-0 against New Zealand|
|June 21st, 2013 at 10:24 am||Blair Hilton equalises with a great touch to Alex Shaw's slapped pass, making it NZ 1 Belgium 1|
|June 21st, 2013 at 10:34 am||Tom Boon rockets a drag-flick into the roof of the net to make it Belgium 2 New Zealand 1 after 28 mins|
|June 21st, 2013 at 10:41 am||Half-time and Belgium are 2-1 up against New Zealand after an entertaining 35 minutes in this first semi-finals|
|June 21st, 2013 at 10:55 am||Boon takes the initiative after the ball bounces his way and hits home cleanly, Belgium now lead 3-1 against New Zealand, 38mins|
|June 21st, 2013 at 11:09 am||Belgium in control of this tie, leading New Zealand 3-1 with 16 minutes to go in the first semi-final|
|June 21st, 2013 at 11:11 am||Andy Hayward has brought the game right back into the mix with a low drag flick, Belgium 3 NZ 2, 56mins gone|
|June 21st, 2013 at 11:25 am||Belgium survive another Hayward corner shot with three minutes to go, they remain just ahead 3-2 against New Zealand|
|June 21st, 2013 at 11:28 am||Belgium through to the final with a 3-2 win over New Zealand, copper-fastening their place at the 2014 World Cup!|