On the day of odds in Bhubaneswar, Tables were turned as bottom two placed teams both the pools, reached semis of Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014. The day started with Pakistan stunning the World Cup Silver medalists Netherlands by 4-2, followed World Champions Australia defeating Argentina by the same score.
Later in the day, Olympic Champions Germany, who finished a bottom of Pool B, defeated England by 2-0 to set up high voltage semi final against Australia. The hosts came from 0-2 down to defeated Belgium and bringing in most exciting clash in semi-finals i.e. India taking on their neighbouring arch-rivals Pakistan in semi final on Saturday at 1930 IST (Full Schedule here). This website TheFansofHockey.com will try to bring you the live streaming of India vs Pakistan Semi-Final from Bhubaneswar.
Felix Denayer and Sébastien Dockier scored 3 minute before and after first quarter break on PC and open field to give Belgium dream start of the match, but India came strongly afterwards with Rupinder Pal Singh reducing the margin in 18th minutes itself on a penalty corner earned by SV Sunil. With 3 minutes to Half Time break, SK Uthappa brilliantly deflected in a long drag by Raghunath from quarter to equalize before lemon break.
Akashdeep Singh scored in a goal mouth scramble in 41st minute to give lead to his team for the first time in match. Later, 4 minutes in 4th quarter, Dharamvir found the target through the pads of Belgian goalkeeper Vanasch after Raghunath ran down the flick on a penalty corner to set-up India for counter-attack.
Facing Pool A toppers England, Germany forced a series of penalty corners in the opening quarter of the match but a combination of good defending from Dan Fox and some outstanding goalkeeping from George Pinner kept the scores level as they denied Moritz Fürste on four separate occasions. England’s best chances came from a Sam Ward deflection which flashed just wide of the post and a Nick Catlin reverse stick strike that flew over the bar when the Holcombe man might have had more time than he realised.
England started brightly in the second quarter. Catlin and skipper Barry Middleton swapped passes and opened up the German defence but they were unable to get the shot away. Catlin had another reverse stick effort deflected over the bar but it was Germany who went into the break in the ascendancy. Fürste finally got the better of Pinner with a rocket penalty corner into the roof of the net to make it 1-0.
The third quarter was nip and tuck as the two sides battled for the all-important next goal. Jackson couldn’t quite set up Ward in the opening exchanges and at the other end Pinner was called upon to keep out Florian Fuchs and former East Grinstead player, Mats Grambusch also went close. The half ended with a yellow card for Timur Oruz for a foul on Jackson, meaning the Germans would start the final 15 minutes a man down.
England went all out in the final quarter to rescue the game but Nicolas Jacobi stood firm to glove away a Jackson penalty corner with Mark Gleghorne unable to get the rebound under control. The same two players went head to head again with another penalty corner but with Jackson this time going low, Jacobi was up to the job once again, getting a foot to the ball to keep it out. With two minutes left on the clock, Germany sealed the win. Grambusch found some space in the circle and cut it back across goal where Christopher Rühr pounced to lift the ball over Pinner to send Germany into the semi-finals.