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Akashdeep, Mandeep on target as India beat Belgium

(Odisha Sports): Mandeep Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored in the second half to guide the Indian men’s hockey team to a superb 2-0 win over Belgium in the opening game of the three-match series on Thursday.

In a gritty first quarter, India were the ones who took the initiative early, forcing Loic van Doren into a save from the first Penalty Corner of the game.

In the second quarter and India had a succession of Penalty Corners within the first minute of the period. India kept up the tempo also in the third period and forced van Doren into multiple saves.

In the 39th minute as Mandeep scored to give them the lead. It was this narrow lead they carried into the final quarter. In the 54th minute, Akashdeep Singh finished off a slick move to double India’s lead.

It was a lead they held to finish the game and take a 1-0 lead in the series. The second game will be played on September 28.

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