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Belgium stand in the way of Ulster trio and England reaching decider

 

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David Ames

By Graham Hamilton

England now know it will be World No.3 Belgium who they face in tomorrow's World Cup semi-final in India (10.30am).

The Red Lions came from behind to beat Germany 2-1 in yesterday's quarter-final and now a place in Sunday's decider is up for grabs when they face the English side which knocked out Olympic champions Argentina on Wednesday.

And with Netherlands breaking the hearts of hosts India with a similar 2-1 win, the Dutch now face current champions Australia in tomorrow's second semi-final (1pm) in what is a re-run of the 2014 decider.

England, with Ulstermen Ian Sloan, David Ames and Mark Gleghorne in their ranks, spent yesterday watching their opponents and will analyse the video footage during today's rest day.

The Belgians were a goal down to Dieter Linnekogel but levelled in the second quarter through Alexander Hendrickx's penalty conversion, his fifth goal of the tournament.

And prolific scorer Tom Boon got the winner 10 minutes from time when he slotted home a rebound.

The Dutch also trailed early on in their quarter-final after Akashdeep Singh converted a 12th-minute penalty corner, but Thierry Brinkman levelled matters and Mink van der Weerden snatched the winner with a penalty corner conversion.

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