Bhubaneswar : , Top contenders Belgium won a 3-0 win against Chile to tie Malaysia on seven points.However, they topped the group on goal differential in the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s Junior World Cup 2021 here in Bhubaneswar.
With a 3-1 win over Egypt, Pakistan, a former champion, kept alive their chances to finish second in Pool D.The proceedings in Pool B ended with Belgium being held to a draw against Malaysia on Friday and Malaysia winning their respective matches.South Africa beat Malaysia 4-3, while Belgium beat China 3-0.This was a crucial match for the Africans, who had three points to four in Malaysia.
Belgium started strongly and scored in the second half when Lucas Putters scored off a strong attack.Thibeau Stockbroekx made it 2:2 in the 27th minute.The young Red Lions made it 3:0 in the 48th with Belson Onana scoring a penalty corner.Belgium was dominant in possession and looked at ease throughout the match, as Chile couldn’t come up with any threatening attacks.However, Belgium didn’t perform at their best.This was evident by the fact that they converted only one penalty corner.
Belgium will play Poland and India in the final match.Malaysia will take on France.
France topped Pool B with an all win record after they beat Canada 11-1.France finished third with nine points after three matches.
France was the surprise winner of Pool B.All eyes were on South Africa and Malaysia as the Asian team needed only a draw to progress.
Malaysia opened the scoring in the second half with Muhammad Khalid scoring in the 29th minute from a penalty corner.South Africa equalized the scores in five minutes when Guy Morgan converted a penalty corner of its own to make it 1-1.
Malaysia was leading 2-1 after Kamarulzaman Kamaruddin scored in the 41st minute.However, Jared Campell scored in the 48th minute to make it 2 -2.Both teams scored goals in quick succession — Shamir Shamsul in Malaysia and Campbell in South Africa — before Anuar Ahimullah scored from a penalty corner to put Malaysia ahead with four minutes remaining.
This goal was decisive as South Africa couldn’t find an equaliser in the remaining time and so finished with three points and was eliminated from the tournament with a fighting display.
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