Last Updated: January 20, 2023, 23:41 IST
Belgium registered a powerful 7-1 win over Japan to high Pool B and ebook the quarterfinals spot on the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 on the Birsa Munda International Hockey Stadium on Friday.
During the sport, Belgium’s star striker Tom Boon opened his account within the World Cup with a 5-goal efficiency, taking his staff’s aim distinction to +11.
With a draw within the earlier recreation towards Germany, Belgium wanted an enormous win towards Japan to attempt to seal their spot on the high of Pool B and earn direct qualification to the quarterfinals and a first-half hat trick by Boon gave them a 4-goal lead.
By the top of first half, Belgium elevated their aim distinction to +9 and with one other 30 minutes, they additional prolonged their lead over Germany, who had a +three aim distinction with one recreation to go within the remaining match of the day towards Korea.
Japan had a significantly better begin to the second half, retaining Belgium out within the third quarter and scoring their first of the sport early within the 4th. But Belgium had a significantly better end to the sport scoring thrice within the remaining 10 minutes, together with 2 extra targets for Tom Boon, to win with a 6-goal margin and bump their general aim distinction to +11.
Tom Boon who grew to become solely the 4th ever participant to rating 5 targets in a World Cup recreation, was awarded participant of the match.
“I feel after scoring no targets within the first quarter, it’s good to get 7 targets and a +6 aim distinction within the remaining three quarters. Looking ahead to taking part in within the knockouts going ahead,” he stated.
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