After thrilling competition first time in the history of Hockey world cup championship, Belgium became the new hockey world champion 2018 for the first time and defeated three time world cup winner Netherlands in the hockey world cup 2018 final in a shootout by 3-2 on Sunday at Bhubaneswar, India.
It was the first time that Hockey World Cup ended in a 0-0 result in 60 minutes of match. The game was to be decided on a shootout, the Netherlands were self-assured as they had beaten Australia in the semi-final on set-pieces. However, it was a cracker of a contest as both the teams had their moments in the game.
It was a dream start from the Dutch in the shootout, while Belgium struggled at the start. Belgium, who were playing their first-ever Hockey World Cup final, missed out on the first two attempts, while the Netherlands scored once.
However, the tables turned and the Netherlands missed their next three attempts to net the ball, whereas Belgium managed to score on two out of three.
Belgium had to score on their fifth attempt to win the World Cup, Arthur De Sloover scored on his attempt and started celebrating with team, but the Netherlands took a referral and it showed that the ball had hit striker’s foot, the decision was overturned.
Belgium was the first team to have a go in the next round of the shootout; Florent van Aubel scored the goal for his team, on the other hand, the Dutch missed out. It was all celebration and smiles in the Belgian camp, while the Dutch could not believe how they threw away the game.