BEL V FRA ( QF 4 ) Hockey World League Semi-Final Antwerp 2015

BEL
5 - 4
FRA

Match Review BEL - FRA 5-4

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A blistering tempo and athletic heroics were the signature characteristics of this quarter final encounter between two European rivals, fourth-ranked Belgium and 18th-ranked France.

Despite moments of Gallic magic, it was the experience and consistency of the Belgium team that paid out in the end, as they ran out 5-4 winners. The entertaining match did not reflect the 14 place difference between the teams.

The first half seemed to indicate a runaway victory for the Red Lions, as first Florent van Aubel and then a fabulous shoulder-high deflection by Sebastien Dockier gave Belgium a 2-0 lead with just a few minutes of the half remaining.

The French response was sparked by a family affair as Tom Genestet saved a ferocious shot off the line and the rebound eventually found its way to his brother Martin Genestet who slammed it past Vincent Vanasch into the Belgium goal.

In reply, Belgium's immediate counter-attack – led by Loick Luypaert – forced a penalty corner, but Martin Zylbermann was equal to the challenge. Again a quick counter saw a diving Jean-Laurent Kieffer get his stick on the end of a French cross to send the teams into half-time all equal at 2-2.

Belgium took the game by the scruff of the neck in the early part of the second half, and Emmanuel Stockbroekx sent the host team back into the lead with a fine solo effort and then John-John Dohmen made it 4-2, a crafty poacher's goal at the far post following a penalty corner.

Again, a French revival threatened to rock the Red Lions as Aristide Coisne brought the score back to 4-3 with a superbly taken shot from the right-hand side of the circle.

Tom Boon re-established a two-goal cushion as he wriggled and weaved his way through the French defence before slotting the ball under Zylbermann. A video referral ruled the goal legitimate.

Still France were not out of it. Martin Genestet scored his second after sloppy defence by the Belgiums allowed the ball to bounce invitingly for the Frenchman. He snapped up the chance and the last five minutes were fraught with tension, as France sought the equaliser and Belgium's defence showed some signs of cracking under the pressure.

A final penalty corner to France had the large Belgium contingent's hearts in their mouths, but Victor Charlet's rasping shot went wide and Belgium left the field 5-4 winners, with a semi-final date with India to look forward to on Friday.

Martin Genestet, who scored two goals for France, including one with help from both his brothers, said: "Today I am thinking about the disappointment of the team, not my two goals. Now I will help keep the younger players focused for our next game against Malaysia. But we must take heart, we played very well today."

Captain of Belgium and one of the goal scorers, John-John Dohmen said: "We are so excited to have won in front of our home crowd. But they (France) made it difficult for us. They came back again and again. It was tough mentally."

Goals

Team Minute Shirt # Player Action Score
BEL 1 8 van AUBEL Florent PC 1 - 0
BEL 15 9 DOCKIER Sébastien FG 2 - 0
FRA 26 22 GENESTET Martin FG 2 - 1
FRA 30 5 KIEFFER Jean-Laurent FG 2 - 2
BEL 33 15 STOCKBROEKX Emmanuel FG 3 - 2
BEL 42 7 DOHMEN John-John PC 4 - 2
FRA 45 24 COISNE Aristide FG 4 - 3
BEL 46 27 BOON Tom FG 5 - 3
FRA 54 22 GENESTET Martin FG 5 - 4

Cards

Team Minute Shirt # Player Type
FRA 24 8 MARTIN BRISAC Simon G
BEL 30 19 DENAYER Felix G
FRA 42 19 SCHEEFER Francois G
BEL 56 11 KEUSTERS Amaury Y
BEL 60 9 DOCKIER Sébastien Y

BEL

Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
Bench
3 GUCASSOFF Jeremy
X
4 van DOREN Arthur
Bench
6 THIERY Dorian
X
7 DOHMEN John-John 1
X
8 van AUBEL Florent 1
X
9 DOCKIER Sébastien 1 1
4
11 KEUSTERS Amaury 1
6
12 BOCCARD Gauthier
X
15 STOCKBROEKX Emmanuel 1
5
17 BRIELS Thomas
X
19 DENAYER Felix 1
X
21 VANASCH Vincent
X
22 GOUGNARD Simon
X
25 LUYPAERT Loïck
X
27 BOON Tom 1
4
28 TRUYENS Jérôme
X
29 van STRYDONCK Elliot
5
32 COSYNS Tanguy
  Team Manager PIRENNE Eric
  Head Coach DELMEE Jeroen
  Stand-In Manager BEUNEN Mick
  Physiotherapist MERTENS Tom
  Medical Doctor van DONINCK Yves
  Assistant Coach GOLDBERG Philippe

FRA

Minute Shirt # Name Goals Green Yellow Red
X
4 PETERS-DEUTZ Cristoforo
5
5 KIEFFER Jean-Laurent 1
X
6 GENESTET Tom
6
7 GENESTET Hugo
X
8 MARTIN BRISAC Simon 1
7
9 SANCHEZ Olivier
X
11 MASSON Charles
5
14 BAUMGARTEN Gaspard
X
15 DERONT Guillaume
5
16 GOYET François
X
18 FORGUES Jean-Baptiste
6
19 SCHEEFER Francois 1
X
20 CHARLET Victor
X
22 GENESTET Martin 2
X
24 COISNE Aristide 1
X
25 LYON Romain
Bench
29 SAUNIER Corentin
X
31 ZYLBERMANN Martin
  Team Manager FRANCOIS Antoine
  Head Coach FOULARD Gael
  Assistant Coach REYNAUD Bertrand
  Stand-In Manager HOEBEN Gerold
  Medical Doctor POPINEAU Christophe
  Physiotherapist LE BRIS Sebastien

DNP = Did not participate
S = Suspended
DSQ = Disqualified

Match Officials

Role Official
Umpire 1 STAGNO Nathan
Umpire 2 LIZANA Eduardo
Reserve Umpire PULLMAN Tim
Video Umpire SIMMONDS Gary
Judge 1 WARRIS Rogier
Judge 2 McKAY Iain
Technical Officer DECKENBROCK Christian
  • Match 25
  • Date Wed, 1 Jul 2015
  • Time 20:30
  • Pool/Class QF 4
  • Venue KHC Dragons

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