Australia’s woes at the FIH Pro League continued for the second successive day when they capitulated against the Belgians 1-4 in a match which was completely dominated by the Belgians.
Australia’s men, who were looking to bounce back from the shoot-out defeat suffered at the hands of the Netherlands in Melbourne on Saturday made a perfect start against world champions by scoring in the opening minute through Daniel Beale, who slapped into an unguarded goal after a quality assists from Jacob Anderson.
However, the World no.1 lived up to their billing and came up trumps in the latter part of the opening period scored an equalizer, with Sebastien Dockier squeezing a shot between goalkeeper Andrew Charter.
In the second quarter, it was undeniably Belgium who owned the period, Alexander Hendrickx finding the target with a trademark penalty corner, putting the Red Lions into a 2-1 lead at half time.
The things went from bad to worse in the 3rd quarter when Dockier netted his second goal after some excellent build-up play from reigning FIH Player of the Year Arthur Van Doren. Tanguy Cosyns made it 4-1 before the quarter was complete, while Australian captain Aran Zalewski missed a glorious opportunity to pull a goal back when he fired wide of the target with the goal at his mercy.
Both teams had chances to score in the fourth quarter. The Aussies failed to take advantage of a couple of penalty corner opportunities, while Belgium had a penalty corner of their own correctly ruled out as the effort from Alexander Hendrickx was deemed high when it hit an Australian player on route to goal. The game thus ended 4-1 to end Belgium’s away leg of the Pacific Rim.
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