Defending champions Belgium defeated intrepid Korea 5-0 to start their World Cup title defense in style, while two-time champions Germany beat reigning Asian Games champions 3-0 on Saturday. Japan. The Koreans didn’t allow Belgium to open the scoring until halftime, but the European world and Olympic champions scored two and three goals in the third and fourth quarters respectively to finally pull off a convincing victory in a Group B match at the stadium in Kalinga. .
Five different players scored for world number two Belgium with three goals from open play. Hendrickx Alexander opened the scoring for Belgium in the first minute of the third quarter before Cosyns Tanguy scored a field goal in the 42nd minute.
Korean resistance collapsed after that and Belgium swept in the fourth quarter with goals from Van Aubel Florent (49th, penalty corner), Docier Sebastien (51st, field goal) and De Sloover Arthur (57th, field goal ).
In the second Group B game played at the Kalinga stadium, no goal was scored until half time. Grambusch Mats gave the German world number four the lead in the 35th minute via a penalty corner conversion before Ruhr Christopher scored a field goal five minutes later.
Prinz Thies (48th minute) sealed the problem with a fourth quarter field effort when world number 16 Japan failed to score a goal.
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