Only the winner of each group qualifies directly for the quarter finals. The Belgians knew before a ball had been struck in the game against Japan that the best they could hope for was a play-off place.
The Belgians needed a win and after 7 minutes of play Judith Vandermeiren scored from Barbara Nelen’s penalty corner. 10 minutes later Jill Boon made it 2-0. It was Boon that provided the pass that enabled Anne-Sophie Weyns to put the Belgians 3-0 up.
The Belgians continued in the same vein early in the second period with Louise Versavel making it 4-0 on 33 minutes. Japan then scored the first of their 3 goals through Akiko. However, their joy was short-lived when Louise Versavel scored again on 39 minutes and 47 minutes to make the score 5-1 to Belgium. The Japanese fought back during the final 10 minutes with goals from Kana Nomura on 50 minutes and Hazuki Nagai on 57 minutes. To make for a final score of 6-3 to Belgium.
Belgium’s play-off match for a place in the quarter finals will be played on Tuesday.