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Hockey World Cup: Australia keep date with last-4

Belgium did not face much problem in their 2-0 win over India’s conqueror New Zealand in the second last-eight match of the day at Kalinga Stadium
Belgium’s Florent Van Aubel (centre) celebrates after scoring their winning goal in the FIH World Cup quarter final against New Zealand in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.
Belgium’s Florent Van Aubel (centre) celebrates after scoring their winning goal in the FIH World Cup quarter final against New Zealand in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday.
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PTI   |   Bhubaneswar   |   Published 25.01.23, 05:48 AM

Defending champions Belgium and three-time winners Australia booked semi-final spots in the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup after getting the better of Spain and New Zealand in their respective quarter-final matches here on Tuesday.

While Australia toiled hard for a 4-3 win over Spain in the first quarter final, Belgium did not face much problem in their 2-0 win over India’s conqueror New Zealand in the second last-eight match of the day at Kalinga Stadium.

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With the win over Spain, Australia made their 12th straight semi-finals in the World Cup.

Winners of the 1986, 2010 and 2014 editions, Australia have made it to the last-4 of a World Cup on 11 occasions since Buenos Aires 1978.

They had lost to the Dutch in the semi-finals in a penalty shootout in the last edition here in 2018.

Belgium suffered a jolt just before their quarter-final match, as their star penalty corner expert Alexander Hendrickx was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament after he twisted his knee in their final Pool B match against Japan on January 20.

Belgium await the winner of Wednesday’s quarter final between England and Germany in the semi-finals, while title contenders Australia will face the winner of the other last-eight match between the Netherlands and South Korea.

It was a close affair in the Australia vs Spain quarter-final match but Jeremy Hayward’s two penalty corner strikes in the third quarter made the difference.

Spain captain Marc Miralles failed to score from a penalty stroke four minutes from the final hooter, when his team was training 3-4. Had he scored, the match would have gone to a shootout.



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