Belgium beat Japan at Hockey World Cup

At the Hockey World Cup in London Belgium’s women’s hockey team (FIH-13) have enjoyed a 6-3 win in their final group stage match against Japan (FIH-12). The win sees our women progress to a play-off match for a place in the quarter finals. They will play either Argentina (FIH-3) or Spain (FIH-11) on Tuesday.   

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.