Dramatic draw for Belgium; England drubs Pakistan
BHUBANESWAR, India (AP) — A penalty-corner awarded with one second to go enabled Belgium to hold world champion Australia to a dramatic 4-4 draw while England thrashed Pakistan 8-2 in another pool A match of the Champions Trophy on Sunday.
The Netherlands and Argentina also won their respective pool B games on a high-scoring day that saw 29 goals in four matches.
Belgium made a sensational comeback from 3-0 down and was trailing 3-4 when it appealed for a referral and was awarded the penalty-corner as captain John-John Dohmen was pulled from behind by an Australian defender.
Five-time defending champion and 13-time overall winner Australia then suffered a setback as Jeremy Hayward rushed out too early and was barred from the crucial defense.
Tom Boon tapped the ball in on the second attempt to the jubilation of the Belgium team.
“This is the kind of result that encourages players,” captain Dohmen said. “We’d been trying so hard to score and it was heartening when it (equalizer) finally came. This result is a boost for us because we trailed all through.”
Australia had powered ahead with goals from penalty-corner specialist Chris Ciriello, captain Eddie Ockenden and Jacob Whetton but Belgium made it 3-2 by half-time through Sebastian Docker and Florent van Aubel.
Flynn Ogilvie widened the gap for Australia once again but Dohmen made it 4-3 in the 38th minute before the match hit a barren spell leading up to the referral that produced the equalizer.
However, there was to be no similar comeback in the match to follow as former champion Pakistan succumbed to a belligerent England side that registered its second successive win after a 3-1 victory over Australia in the tournament opener on Saturday.
Captain Barry Middleton, Ashley Jackson, Alastair Brogdon, Samuel Ward, Mark Gleghorne, David Condon, Chris Griffiths and Nick Catlin knocked in the goals for England.
England led 7-0 by the 48th minute and goals from Pakistan captain Muhammad Imran and Muhammad Arslan Qadir had little bearing on the match.
“We’re obviously disappointed with the result as nothing went right for us,” Imran said. “We saw a lot of flaws in our game but hope to work on them in our next match against Australia.”
It was the second consecutive defeat for Pakistan after a 2-1 loss to Belgium.
In a pool B match between two multi-time former champions, the Netherlands scored a comfortable 4-1 win over Germany.
Seve van Ass, Diede van Puffelen, Rogier Hofman and Constantijn Jonker found the mark for eight-time champion the Netherlands that easily dominated a German team that came into the tournament with eight players with less than 20 international caps.
Nine-time champion Germany, which conceded three goals in the first two quarters, got a consolation goal toward the end through Florian Fuchs.
“It was always going to be difficult once we conceded those three goals,” German coach Markus Weise said. “Our young team has to deal with a lot of pressure but performing against top international players is what matters.”
It was the second consecutive win for the Netherlands after a 3-0 win over Argentina while Germany had beaten Asian Games champion India 1-0 on Saturday.
Meanwhile, India suffered its second successive defeat as Argentina came back from a goal down two times in the match before knocking in two more for a 4-2 win.
Joaquin Menini, Lucas Vila, Juan Lopez and Agustin Mazzilli were the scorers for Argentina. For India, Gurjinder Singh scored off a penalty-corner while Akashdeep Singh got a field goal.