Hockey World League Final: India beat Belgium in thriller, enter semis

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Indian hockey team players celebrate with goalkeeper Chikte Akash after beating Belgium in sudden death shootout to enter the semifinals at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

Bhubaneswar: India and Australia, two teams that had failed to win a match in the preliminary round, upstaged teams that had fared better to enter the semi-finals of the FIH World Hockey League Final here on Wednesday.
It boiled down to winning the match that mattered and India did it in style with substitute goalkeeper Akash Chikte saving the all-important sudden death attempt to help India beat Rio Olympics silver medalists Belgium 3-2. The game was tied 3-3 in regulation time and 2-2 in penalty shootout.
India will face the winners of the quarter-final between England and Argentina, to be played on Thursday.

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