Maiden finalist Belgium proved more than equal match for three-time winner the Netherlands, being crowned the new champion of world hockey at the Kalinga Stadium on Sunday with a 3-2 win in shootouts. The game remained goalless at the end of regulation time.
The Netherlands, alternatively, failed to match Pakistan’s record of a fourth world title for the second consecutive version. The Dutch had completed runners-as much as Australia four years ago in entrance of their house crowd. They last gained a world Cup title method back in 1998 in Utrecht.
By the way, it was once the Netherlands’ 2d consecutive healthy that went to shootout in the event after their victory over Australia in the semi-finals on Saturday.