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Live Four Nations Hockey Tournament: India vs Belgium, Live Match Updates

The match begins at 10.15 am.
Updated: 18 January 2018 11:48 IST - Published: 18 January 2018 07:18 IST
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Thank you to all our readers for following the live updates. We will be back with the India vs New Zealand game on Saturday. Here's Argha Bhattacharya signing off. Good bye!
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Hooter signals the end of the match. Belgium dominated the game and ran out clear 2-0 winners.
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56' Belgian goal-keeper thwarts an Indian effort this time.
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55' Manpreet Singh takes the ball outside the D and provides a pass in the box which is cleared by the Belgians.
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53' Simranjeet Singh goes off the turf due to an injury.
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51' Indians get in the D with a sense of urgency but that final goal-scoring pass is still missing.
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48' Harmanpreet takes the ball all the way to the opposition box but then fails to finish off the move.
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The last quarter starts.
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India have been guilty of missing penalty corners. If they aren't able to force atleast a draw then those misses will come back to haunt them.
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Belgium enter final quarter with a 2-0 lead.
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37' The Belgium runners foil another penalty corner from India.
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37' India get another penalty corner.
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34' GOOOAAL! Belgium go 2-0 up. A shot taken from the top of the D trickles into the goal. Sreejesh should have done better.
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32' This time Varun Kumar takes the penalty corner but his shot is saved.
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India press hard and immediatley get a penalty corner.
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The third quarter is underway.
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That brings us to the end of the second quarter. Belgium 1-0 India.
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29' Lalit twists and turns and reverse flicks, the ball hits the stick of someone from inside the D and hits the crossbar. That was close!
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28' Belgians getting good touches in the midfield but for the time being they haven't been able to thread a goal scoring pass.
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24' Belgium with another good display of circle penetration but the Indians manage to get the ball out for a long corner.
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21' Harmanpreet takes the shot but the man running out from the goal-line gets his body on the line to avert danger for Belgium.
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20' India get a penalty corner after a scramble in front of goal.
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19' Manpreet's high lob falls in no man's land and none of the Indian players are able to reach near it to launch an attack.
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16' Indians attack right from the start of the second quarter but the Belgian defence is aware and awake to nullify the danger.
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That's the end of the first quarter. Belgium 1-0 India.
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13' The penalty corner is taken but a mistake at the top of the D results in the ball getting out of the grasp of Harmanpreet and Belgium launch a counter attack. However, they fail to convert it into a goal.
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13' India get a penalty corner.
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12' India manage to find a long corner off the goalkeeper.
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9' The Belgians are launching waves of attacks. This time a shot from inside the box just goes wide of Sreejesh's goal.
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7' GOAAAL! Beautiful play by Belgium! They take the ball from the left and pass it on to the middle of the D where a simple reverse flick results in the opening goal of the match.
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6' India's attack broken down by the Belgian defence before it could become dangerous.
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4' The Belgians are playing a high press game and they are right on top of the Indians, closing down the spaces pretty quickly.
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1' India trying to keep possession of the ball in the opening minutes of the game.
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We are underway.
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Time for the national anthems.
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The players are on the turf going through warm-up drills.
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The Indian men's hockey team would face the Olympic silver-medalists Belgium in the Blake Park in Tauranga, New Zealand on Thursday at 10:15 am. 

India beat Japan as they scored six goals but conceded none to start the five-day series on a good note. Sjoerd Marijne has selected a squad mixed with experience and youth with Manpreet Singh leading the side and PR Sreejesh making a comeback in the squad after a long time for the tour to New Zealand. 

The team would like to get some wins under their belt in the first tournament of the year and get some momentum for the upcoming Carrara Commonwealth Games to be held in April this year and the Jakarta Asian Games scheduled for August this year. After facing the 3rd ranked side in the World, the Indian contingent would face the home side.