India’s dragflick sensation Harmanpreet Singh scored twice to ensure India beat Belgium 3-2 in a battle of nerves here at the 3 Nations Invitational Tournament on Monday. Earlier in the tournament, India had lost 1-2 to Belgium in their first match and drew 2-2 with Germany in their second game. It was goals by Harmanpreet Singh (34′, 38′) and forward Ramandeep Singh (49′) that helped India win match No.3.
Q1: Belgium, came up with a brilliant field goal, thanks to Amaury Keusters to take a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute and put India under pressure.
Q2: India won two PCs in the 23rd and 24th minute but Harmanpreet Singh’s well-struck flick was blocked by Belgian defenders. The second quarter went goalless.
Q3: Indias breakthrough came in the 34th minute when India bagged their fifth PC of the match. This time Harmanpreet was impeccable with his dragflick. In the 38th minute, he converted another goal through a tactfully-earned PC to help India claim a 2-1 lead over Belgium.
Belgium found success in the 45th minute through Tanguy Cosyns brilliantly struck flick.
Final Q: With the score reading 2-2, it all came down to the final quarter where both teams pushed hard and fast to seal the match in their favour. India held their nerve with a strong fight back, constantly attacking the Belgian defence and make space in the D.
India forward Ramandeep Singh was the one to find the breakthrough with good assist by his compatriots in the 49th minute. His successful shot on goal helped India regain the lead with the score reading 3-2.
Next up: India will play their next match on June 6 against Germany at 14.30hours