Belgian hockey squad remains group leader at World Cup after 2-2 draw against Germany
Belgium's male hockey squad drew 2-2 in their second group match against Germany at the World Cup in India on Tuesday. Because of their 5-0 victory against South Korea on the first match day, the Red Lions remain in the lead in Group B.
The Belgians had the best chances in the first quarter. Cédric Charlier opened the score after 10 minutes with a nice individual action. Germany tied the score in the second quarter and became the most dangerous team for the remainder of the game. The Germans took the lead eight minutes before time, but the Red Lions were able to take advantage of a green card to score the 2-2.
Belgium (4pts) remains in the lead in Group B. Germany has the same number of points but a weaker goal difference (+5 versus +3). The group winner qualifies directly for the quarter-finals. The numbers two and three will play barrages against a team from group A (Australia, Argentina, South Africa or France). The Lions play their third group match on Friday against Japan.
Goalkeeper Vincent Vanasch spoke of a "fair draw" after the game. "I am satisfied with the current level of my team, but there is room for improvement. We still need to grow in the tournament," added Red Lions coach Michel van den Heuvel.
Belgium's Alexander Hendrickx during the game against Germany. © BELGA PHOTO DIRK WAEM