India roar to hold Red Lions in Men’s Hockey World Cup

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The Indian hockey team rallied from a sluggish first half to hold higher-ranked Belgium 2-2 in a thrilling encounter and remain atop Pool C of the Hockey Men’s World Cup in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.

After a blazing start by the Red Lions, the boys in blue roared back after the change of ends to turn a 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 lead before the world No. 3 Belgians drew parity with four minutes left on the clock.

The draw, however, put the hosts in a good position to qualify directly to the quarterfinals without having to go through the grind of the cross-over stage. India and Belgium are both on four points after two outings but the former tops the table with a better goal difference of +5 as opposed to Belgium’s +1.