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India defeat Belgium in the second test (7/17/2010)
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India beat Belgium 3-2 in the second Test of the three match series at Antwerp on Thursday.

Sandeep Singh sank two penalty corners in the 26th and 67th minutes while skipper Rajpal Singh scored in the 39th minute.

The Belgian goal scorers were Cedric Charlier (10th min) and Thomas Briels (55th min).

India and Belgium had played a 3-3 draw in the 1st Test.

Belgium began aggressively and earned the first of their three penalty corners in the 3rd minute when Gurbaj Singh wrongly tackled Jerome Dekeyser.

Captain Jerome Truyens' dragflick found the hand of Vikas Pillay which resulted in a penalty stroke. Indian goalkeeper Bharat Chetri brought off a splendid save with his stick high on the right from Greg Gucassaoff.

India continued to lose possession with faulty passing and trapping and were unable to mark the Belgium forwards initially.

Belgium scored their first goal when Charlier struck in the 10th minute after receiving a long pass from deep defender Alexandre De Saedeleer.

India were lucky not to concede another goal shortly after as John Verdussen shot wide.

Indian nearly got the equalizer when captain Rajpal Singh broke through the Belgium defense from the right flank but his cross went abegging as Tushar Khandker was a trifle slow to intercept.

India made it 1-1 in the 33rd minute with a penalty corner conversion by Sandeep Singh in the 33rd minute.

After half time India orchestrated their moves with more flair with Prabodh Tirkey, Gurbaj Singh and Ajitesh Roy engineering good boll rotation.

A solo effort by Rajpal Singh in the 39th minute put India 2-1 ahead. This was a spectacular goal as the Indian captain stole the ball on the center line and worked his way past four opponents before beating the Belgium goalkeeper.

Belgium equalized in the 55th minute as the Indian defense gifted a goal to their rivals with Thomas Briels scoring after being set up by Eliott Van Strydonck.

India however were awarded their fourth penalty corner in the 67th minute when Belgian defender Max Vandersmissen was pulled up for obstruction. Sandeep Singh made no mistake again as he slotted the ball home to give India victory (3-2).

India will play their final Test with Belgium on Friday at Wellington, Brussels.

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