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Hockey World Cup: Belgium knock Pakistan out with 5-0 thrashing defeat

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Four-time champions Pakistan crashed out of the Hockey World Cup following the 0-5 thrashing at the hands of Olympics silver medallist Belgium in the third cross-over match in Bhuvneshwar on Tuesday.

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The third-ranked nation will next meet Germany in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Belgium had five different goal-scorers for them with Alexander Hendricks opening the scoring in the 10th minute before Thomsa Briels (13th minute), Cedric Charlier (27th), Sebastian Dockier (35th) and Tom Boon (53rd) added to the tally to complete the humiliation on Pakistan.

They started with a storm putting up relentless attacks on the Pakistan half and their efforts did not go on a waste with Belgium earning consecutive penalty corners in the opening 10 minutes, the second of which Hendricks converted into a goal.

Three minutes later, the Red Lions doubled their lead through skipper Briels, who slotted home a lovely pass from Nicols de Kerpel from the right flank.

After touching the ball only for a few seconds in the first quarter, Pakistan seemed a better side but lacked the final pass inside the opposition box. They had a great opportunity to pull one back in the first minute of the second quarter through a penalty corner but Ali Shan’s reverse hit from the spot sailed over.

The missed chance hurt Pakistan big as Belgium extended tier lead to three goals in the 27th minute when Charlier’s shot was deflected into the net by Pakistan captain Ammad Butt.

Belgium earned two more penalty corners to inflict a greater margin of defeat on the former champions but they wasted both. It, however, mattered little as Dockier and Boon added two late goals to seal the victory.

The fourth goal was the result of some fine build-up play between Charlier and Simon Gougnard, who made mockery of the fragile Pakistani defence to net the fourth goal with a quarter still remaining to play.

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