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Hockey World Cup 2018, Semi-final 1: 3 reasons why Belgium outclassed England

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15 Dec 2018, 18:51 IST

#2  Alexander Hendrickx's PC conversions

England v Belgium - FIH Men's Hockey World Cup: Semi-Final
England v Belgium - FIH Men's Hockey World Cup: Semi-Final

Belgium came into this game with a poor conversion rate of penalty corners as Loick Luypaert could not get going in the tournament with his drag flicks.

The responsibilities of the penalty corner conversion were given to Alexander Hendrickx by Head Coach Shane Mcleod and the star drag-flicker hasn't disappointed.

Belgium were rewarded with a penalty corner in the 9th minute of the game. Hendrickx unleashed a fierce flick but English keeper Pinner somehow kept it out. However, he could only parry the strong flick into the path of Simon Gougnard who duly capitalized.

Hendrickx then scored with powerful flicks on either side of the end of third quarter to make it 5-0 for Belgium.

Both the flicks were placed in his favoured space between the keeper and the right hand post. To go along with his penalty corner conversions, Hendrickx had a great game in defence as well, limiting the scoring opportunities for England. 

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