Bhubaneswar: Champion team Belgium thanked the people of Bhubaneswar after winning the Odisha Men’s Hockey World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium here last night.
The team thanked the denizens of the temple city for their hospitality and kindness. It also congratulated Hockey India for organizing the ‘the most epic, best organized and most impressive World Cup ever’.
Thank you so much and congratulations @TheHockeyIndia for the most epic, best organized and most impressive World Cup ever. Thank you people of India/Bhubaneswar, for your hospitality and kindness ! You were fabulous! pic.twitter.com/j0Lzxe9wj8
— Belgian Red Lions (@BELRedLions) December 16, 2018
Olympic silver medallists Belgium clinched their maiden World Cup title after beating three-time champions Netherlands in sudden death after the shootout in the pulsating gold medal match yesterday.
After playing a goalless draw in regulation time, the tie headed for the shootout which also failed to yield a result as both sides were locked at 2-2 after the five shots. In sudden death, Belgium’s Florent van Aubel scored in his very first attempt to guide his side to the gold medal before Jeroen Hertzberger of the Dutch side missed the chance and had to settle for the silver.