Korea made a strong start to their campaign to win Champions Trophy status with a 4-2 victory over India, while Belgium carved out a win over a stubborn and energetic Scotland team.
The Scottish supporters were delighted when Alison Bell (14') put the home side ahead against Belgium in the opening game of pool A in the Champions Challenge 1. This remained the only goal of the half, although Belgium will be disappointed that they had a goal disallowed when a penalty corner shot was judged to be too high.
It took only five minutes of the second half for Belgium to equalise through Lieselotte van Lindt (40), who deflected the ball into the goal from a sweeping shot from Stephanie de Groof. It was a moment of individual brilliance from Barbara Nelen that broke the deadlock in the 53rd minute. Nelen picked up the ball at the halfway line and ran unimpeded into the circle before scoring with a reverse stick shot.
The equalser came tantalisingly close when Belgium 'keeper Aisling Dhooghe somehow kept a scrambled ball from crossing the line but, despite great work from captain Linda Clement and an energetic performance which saw the Belgium team under enormous pressure, the home side were unable to get the equaliser.
In the other pool A match, Korea established themselves as the early favourites to win the pool with a 4-2 victory over India, although it was India who first got on the score sheet through Vandana Katariya (11'). Two minutes later Park Mi Hyun (13) struck back to equalise and Kim Ok Ju (23') and Cheon Eun Bi (28) also found the back of the net in the first half. There was a brief break in the action as one of India's bronze medal winning stars from the Junior World Cup, Sushila Pukhrambam received a nasty facial injury.
A fourth goal was scored by Lee Young Sil (42') but it was India who had the final say when Poonam Rani (69') dissected the Korea defence to slot home India's second goal.
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