Hockey World Cup 2018: Belgium hammer England to enter final

Bhubaneswar: Belgium thrashed a disjointed England 6-0 to enter the final of the men’s hockey World Cup for the first time here on Saturday.

The Belgians scored in all four periods with Alexander Hendrickx (19th, 44th, 50th minutes) converting three penalty corners to complete a hat-trick.

Tom Boon (7th), Cédric Charlier (41st) and Sébastien Dockier (53rd) scored the other goals.

“This was pretty perfect game for us. We didn’t concede and scored from most of the penalty corners. We scored through penalty corners at vital junctures of the match,” said Belgium captain Thomas Briels.

“We really wanted to play. Everybody in the team really worked hard. We are really lucky today as we scored some world class goals. We remained focused during the 60 minutes and that’s why we won,” he added.

Belgium chief coach Shane Mcleod lauded the efforts of his coaching staff and Belgian hockey authorities for grooming a young crop of hockey players, who have sprung up and are leaving their mark at the biggest level of them all.