The Indian women’s team had a memorable day in the office as they lost 0-5 to Belgium in the FIH Pro League match in Antwerp on Saturday. Barbara Nylon (2nd minute), Charlotte Engelbert (4th), Abby Ray (19th), Stephanie Wenden Borough (23rd) and Amber Ballinghein (36th) scored one goal each for the hosts, while India were level on one goal. Belgium’s Barbara gave the hosts an early lead in the second minute as a counter-attack alerted India, leaving the right side completely open to the back of the net from a comfortable post. Could find
Two minutes later, the hosts doubled their lead through Charlotte. Belgium had the third goal in the seventh minute but the decision was reversed on the review of India because the player of the home team fouled the goal mouth.
Belgium put pressure on India with their offensive moves but it was Swetha who stood tall and put it in a two-goal deficit after the end of the first quarter.
The hosts started the second quarter aggressively and took over most of the opening minutes.
Young Indian defender Becho Devi, who came in as a substitute this quarter, was called into action from the beginning of the quarter.
During the Belgian attack, he saved two rebounds, but Abe Ray managed to convert the third attempt into a goal and gave his team a 3-0 lead in the 19th minute.
Belgium added a fourth goal through Wenden Borough, who scored from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute.
Dominating the action, the hosts got another short corner in the 26th minute but Becho Devi made a brilliant save to stop the hosts from increasing their numbers.
In the final minutes, India won their first penalty corner of the match, but failed to convert it, trailing 0-4 at the end of the first half.
India started the third quarter cautiously and made some moves inside their opponent’s half, but Belgium responded quickly and extended their lead through a superb effort from Ballinghein, who scored in the 36th minute.
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