India avenged their 2020 Tokyo Olympics semi-final defeat against Belgium by beating the side in a thrilling penalty shoot-out on Saturday. India, who were trailing 3-1 at one stage in the game, bounced back in the final quarter to net two goals and level the scores.
The match entered the shoot-out where both India and Belgium got tied at 4-4 before the hosts missed in their final attempt and Akashdeep Singh scored the winner for the Tokyo Games bronze medalists. India won the match 5-4 on penalty shoot-out.
India are currently second in the nine-team FIH Pro League table with 29 points from 13 games, while Michel van den Heuvel's Belgium are third with 28 points.
India vs Belgium, hockey match details
Match day: India take on Belgium on June 12
Time: 8:00 PM IST/4:30 PM Local
Venue: Wilrijkse Plein Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
How to watch India vs Belgium, FIH Pro League hockey match
The FIH Pro League match between India and Belgium will be telecast live on Star Sports Network. Live streaming of IND vs BEL hockey match will be available on Disney+ Hotstar (subscription required).
All the FIH Pro League matches can be watched live on watch.hockey. Registration required.
India vs Belgium, head-to-head record
India and Belgium have met 38 times. India won the first six meetings, then lost to the European rivals for the first time in 2011, at FIH Champions Challenge (3-4) in their 11th meeting. India now lead Belgium 18-15 in the head-to-head record.
India: Goalkeepers - Suraj Karkera, Sreejesh PR; Defenders - Surender Kumar, Harmanpreet Singh (vc), Varun Kumar, Amit Rohidas (c), Jugraj Singh, Jarmanpreet Singh; Midfielders - Manpreet Singh, Hardik Singh, Shamsher Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Akashdeep Singh, Shanglakpam Nilakanta Sharma; Forwards - Gurjant Singh, Mandeep Singh, Shilanand Lakra, Sukhjeet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Abhishek.
Belgium: Goalkeepers - Simon Vandenbroucke, Loic Van Doren; Defenders - Arthur Van Doren, Nicolas Poncelet, Gauthier Boccard, Emmanuel Stockbroekx, Alexander Hendrickx, Arthur De Sloover, Loïck Luypaert, Maxime Van Oost; Midfielders - John-John Dohmen, Augustin Meurmans, Felix Denayer (c), Simon Gougnard, Antoine Kina, Victor Wegnez; Forwards - Thibeau Stockbroekx, Florent Van Aubel, Sebastien Dockier, Cedric Charlier, Tommy Willems, Nicolas De Kerpel, William Ghislain, Tom Boon, Tanguy Cosyns.