MAS V BEL ( ) Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp 2015
Belgium’s Red Lions have moved to the summit of Pool B after winning their top of the table clash with Malaysia in front of a big crowd at the FINTRO Hockey World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp.
Belgium remain unbeaten in the pool with two wins and a draw from the three matches that they have played so far and very much have destiny in their own hands. Three points from this Sunday’s meeting with Ireland would guarantee a first place finish in Pool B, meaning that they would face the fourth ranked team in Pool A in the cross-over quarter-finals.
The first two quarters of the match between two hugely gifted, skilful teams were cagey, although the home favourites certainly had the better of the goal-scoring chances. Two exhilarating minutes in the third quarter sparked the game into life, with Dorian Thiery netting the first by following up a well saved strike from Amaury Keusters before Simon Gougnard volleyed home a second a minute later to complete the scoring.
“It was very difficult as Malaysia are in good shape in this tournament and they made life difficult in the first half, but we came back in the game and dominated after half time”, said Red Lions captain John-John Dohmen after the match. “Now we want to finish the pool in first place.”
- Match 15
- Date Fri, 26 Jun 2015
- Time 18:00
- Venue KHC Dragons