New Delhi: The Hockey World Cup 2023 has entered his last stage, the grand finale. Two teams will fight the battle for the glories trophy. Belgium will take on Germany for the final time at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar.
The Belgium golden generation of hockey will look to retain their throne, while Germany will aim to regain their lost glory. Both the European nations are still be defeated in this tournament and after 44 games and 16 nations participated in the biggest contest of hockey world. The last two remained unshakable throughout the tournament.
The skills. The goals. The last-minute drama. This is how we got here 🤯
The stage is set for the biggest game of all.
Germany vs Belgium in the FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 🇩🇪🏆🇧🇪
— International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) January 28, 2023
Journey to the final
Both the teams were slatted in the same group, Pool B. Germany and Belgium faced each other in their group stage with both the team ended on 2-2 draw. It was a game high on quality, with Niklas Wellen and Tom Grambusch scoring for Germany while Cedric Charlier and Victor Wegnez netted for Belgium.
The defending champions Belgium finished top of the Pool B, thanks to the goal difference better then the Germany. Both the finalist team defeated Japan and South Korea in their group stage.
Belgium met New Zealand in the quarter-final and passed the taste with a 2-0 win. In the semi-final they faced the mighty Netherlands and ended the full-time with 2-2 draw. But the Red Lions advanced in the penalty shootout by 3-2.
The second finalist Germany has different path and had to passed the three filter stage before the final. They first faced France in the crossover, where Germany overcome the French men by 5-1 goals. Then they met England in the quarter-final, they were down 0-2 with three minutes to go when Mats and Tom Grambusch scored to make it 2-2. They won the shootout 4-3 to make it to the semifinals.
Against Australia, Germany were again down with 0-2, but made scoreboard equaled in the second quarter. They beat the Australian side with 4-3 just before the final vessel blown.
Head to Head
Since 1928 Olympics, Germany and Belgium faced each others in 35 matches. Germany has won 15 and Belgium bagged 13 wins. But looking at the results of the last five matches, it would be difficult to separate the two sides. In the last five matches, Belgium have won 3 and lost 1, with 1 being a draw. But the margin of victory has not been much.
Germany and Belgium have edged the other 14 teams to come so close to lifting the trophy! #HWC2023
Can Belgium defend their title sucessfully or will Germany be crowned champions for the first time since 2006?
Who will win tonight? #GERvBEL
Let us know your predictions 👇 pic.twitter.com/fNj98Ww0gS
— International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) January 29, 2023
When and where to watch the match
Match: Belgium vs Germany.
Date: 29 January, Sunday
Time: The final will start at 7:00 p.m. as per Indian Standard Time.
Venue: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar.
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