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India eye Belgium scalp for semis spot

India eye Belgium scalp for semis spot
Their morale lifted by a stunning win over Holland, India would now eye a semifinal berth when they take on Belgium in the quarterfinal of the Champions Trophy on Thursday.

India did not have the best of starts in the elite eight-nation tournament as they slumped to 0-1 and 2-4 defeats against Olympic champions Germany and World Cup bronze-medallist Argentina respectively in their first two Pool B matches.  After losing to a late goal against the Germans in their tournament opener, India squandered the lead twice to slump to a 2-4 defeat against Argentina.

Their morale definitely took a beating after two defeats and just when they were being counted out, the Sardar Singh-led side produced an inspiring performance to shock the Netherlands 3-2 in their final league match and finish third in Pool B ahead of the mighty Germans.

After the splendid show against the Netherlands on Tuesday, India will definitely fancy their chances against the fourth-ranked Belgium. But it would be easier said than done as Belgium and England looked like the teams to beat in the tournament so far.
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