NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Belgium won a tense penalty shootout 3-2 against three-times champions Netherlands to win their first men’s hockey World Cup title at Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium on Sunday.
A goalless stalemate in regulation time forced the shootout which also resulted in a 2-2 deadlock after five penalties each.
Florent van Aubel then converted to put Belgium ahead before the Netherlands’ Jeroen Hertzberger shot wide to dash their hopes of a fourth title as Belgium became the sixth nation to win the World Cup.
Earlier, two-times defending champions Australia thumped England 8-1 in the third-place playoff match.
Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Toby Davis