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Hockey: Indian women lose to Belgium

April 22, 2008 20:24 IST

India wasted chances galore and went down 2-3 to Belgium in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Kazan, Russia [Images], on Tuesday.

The defeat severely dented their hopes of making it to the Beijing [Images] Olympics [Images].

Mamta Kharab's team must be kicking themselves, as they dominated for most part of the match but wasted at least 10 penalty-corners and conceded goals out of nowhere.

India were jolted by a first minute goal from Charlotte de Vos, but they recovered brilliantly and toyed with their opponents for the rest of the first-half, in which they scored two goals through Surinder Kaur (13th minute) and Ritu Rani (16th) but frittered away six penalty-corners in the process.

Astrid Vervaet (46th minute) and Gaelle Falcke (58th) scored for

Belgium in the second session as the Indians wasted a couple of penalty-corners.

India have only three points from as many matches and play table toppers United States (9 points) on Thursday.

Belgium and Netherlands Antilles have six points each from three and two matches respectively

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