Belgium thrashed South Africa 5-1 in their last Pool C match of the men’s hockey World Cup here on Sunday.
The European giants dominated right from the start and simply blew away their opponents with a four-goal blitz in the first two quarters.
Alexander Hendrickx (14th, 22nd minutes) scored a brace while Simon Gougnard (18th), Loick Luypaert (30th) and Cedric Charlier (48th) were the other goal getters for Belgium.
South Africa, on the other hand, stunned the world no.3 side just 36 seconds from the start through Nicholas Spooner’s field strike.
🇿🇦01' SPOONER Nicholas
🇧🇪14' HENDRICKX Alexander
🇧🇪18' 22' GOUGNARD Simon
🇧🇪30' LUYPAERT Loïck
🇧🇪48' CHARLIER Cédric pic.twitter.com/WTxB7Cjvfc
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But Belgium fought back and restored parity through a penalty corner by Alexendar Hendricks in the 12th minute.
The Belgians took the lead six minutes later when Arthur Van Doren and Loïck Luypaert created an excellent move from their own half before a long ball found Simon Gougnard who beat South African goalkeeper Rassie Pieterse calmly.
Hendricks completed his brace off another penalty corner in the 21st minute as the Europeans tightened their grip on the match.
Luypaert scored Belgium’s fourth goal a few seconds before half-time as the title contenders from Europe went into the break with a formidable advantage.
Belgium continued to dominate after half-time. Cedric Charlier completed the rout with a field goal in the 48th minute off a pass from Gougnard.