Bhubaneswar, Dec 8 : Conceding a goal down, double strike by Alexander Hendricks guided Belgium to edge past South Africa by 5-0 goals in the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup at Kalinga Stadium here on Saturday.
With the win Belgium gathered seven points to become Pool C topper.
Belgium's high scoring win was created a worry face for Indian fans as the quarter finalist from Pool C is not yet decided until the end of the match between host India and Canada tonight. The host need a win to get direct entry to quarterfinals.
South Africa in a search of a win to enter the crossover match. They started their campaign by scoring a goal in the 36th seconds, while Belgium left it completely opened at their back, Nicholas Spooner received a long pass from the left wing and finished it in Belgium's net.
Red Lion won a PC in the minute, dragflicker Alexander Hendrickx rest the ball inside the box with his powerful strike to leveled the score in the 14th minute. The first quarter ended with 1-1.
Belgium took the match away from South Africa by nailing three goals in the second quarter. It all began while Simon Gougnard received a pass from Felix Denayar just the edge of the circle and took his own time to gave a 2-1 lead for Belgium in the 18th minute.
Alexander Hendrickx scored his second individual goal in the 22nd minute as the team was awarded with second PC of the match and Alexander adjudged as the man of the match.
South African defence lapses gave away another PC to Belgium, Loick Luypaert's stroke was passed through South African goalkeeper Rassie Pieterse's legs to make 4-1 for Belgium by the end of first half.
South Africa defence was looked more cohesive as it blocked two Belgium attack' in the opening of third quarter. However in the final quarter, Simon Gougnard pushed the ball from the right and allowed Cardric Charlier to finished from a close range to sealed the match 5-0.(UNI)