HWL Final: Odisha CM congratulates team India for entering semifinal


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday congratulated Indian Hockey team for entering into semifinal by beating Belgium 3-2 via penalty shootout at the FIH Hockey World League (HWL) Final at Kalinga Stadium here.

“Congratulate #TeamIndia on qualifying for semi-finals on #HWL2017 at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar. It’s been a thrilling finish to a very competitive match. Wish the young @thehockeyindia team the best for semi-finals,” tweeted the Chief Minister.

Chikte blocked four Belgian attackers during the shootout, while Lalit Upadhyay, Rupinder Pal Singh and Harmanpreet Singh were on the mark for India.

Gurjant Singh (31st minute), Harmanpreet (34th) and Rupinder (46th) scored in the regulation time for India.

Loick Luypaert (38th and 46th) converted two penalty corners to lead the Belgian fightback before Cedric Charlier (52nd) scored the equaliser after Rupinder’s goal.