BEFORE the match, Belgium coach, Jeroen Baart, said his team would have to overcome ‘India’s attack wave’ for them to progress. In the end, it was India that had to withstand a sustained Belgium wave to advance to the semifinals of the junior World Cup.
Matches between India and Belgium — at least when the seniors face each other — are often tense, tight affairs. This one between the two junior setups was no different. Chances were at a premium, shots on goal may have as well been declared an endangered species and penalty corners (only four across 60 minutes) were hard to come by. The only one India got, in the 21st minute, they were confident enough to try a variation through which the impressive Sharda Nand Tiwari found the roof of the net.
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