Indian ladies’s hockey staff suffered a 1-2 defeat towards the hosts Belgium of their first of the two-legged FIH Hockey Professional League 2021/22 tie at Sportcentrum Wilrijkse Plein, right here on Saturday.
Captain Barbara Nelen (3′) and Amre Ballenghien (35′) had been the aim scorers for Belgium, whereas Lalremsiami (48′) scored the lone aim for India.
An attacking begin to the match noticed each the groups creating alternatives within the opening minutes, but it surely was Belgium who obtained higher as they took the lead by way of Captain Nelen Barbara within the third minute.
The hosts piled strain on India with their structured assault and earned two Penalty Corners within the fifth and seventh respectively, however the Indian defence stood tall to disclaim them from scoring the second aim. Minutes later, India earned their first Penalty Nook of the match, however Rani’s try went off beam, thus lacking out on fetching an equaliser within the first quarter.
Trailing by a aim, India began placing strain on the Belgian defence and midfield. They even created a chance within the opening minutes, however Neha’s go to Salima Tete contained in the circle went huge. The house facet responded with a fast counterattack which helped them earn back-to-back Penalty Corners, however but once more missed out on changing their possibilities.
With Belgium barely dominating the possession, did attempt to create alternatives, however the Indian defence fought onerous towards all the things the Belgian threw at them and ensured no additional targets had been scored on the finish of the primary half.
Belgium began the third quarter aggressively and earned a Penalty Nook within the thirty second minute of the match, however their try went huge of the aim publish. Within the thirty fifth Minute, Andre Ballenghien discovered the again of the web to present the hosts a 2-0 lead. The Indian defence had been caught off guard as Belgium took the lengthy nook shortly and a go contained in the circle will get the ultimate contact from Ballenghien.
After making some extra inroads contained in the Indian circle, Belgium earned one more PC however did not convert it as their try hit on the foot of the Belgian attacker, thus India obtained the hit out.
Not giving up simply, the Indian staff put up an improvised assault that noticed them changing one among their two possibilities firstly of the ultimate quarter. After Ishka Choudhary’s shot on track, it was younger ahead Lalremsiami who pulled a aim again for India within the forty eighth minute.
She received the ball within the attacking quarter and calmly slotted it house. India went on to pile fixed strain on Belgium of their bid to attain an equaliser within the closing levels of the match, however the house facet stored the Indians at bay and sealed a 2-1 victory.