Hockey World Cup 2023, HIGHLIGHTS: Germany holds World No 2 Belgium in 2-2 draw; Korea defeats Japan 2-1

Catch all the updates, results, and highlights from the FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 in Odisha.

Updated : Jan 17, 2023 21:36 IST

Germany players (Black) in action against Belgium during the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 match at Kalinga Hockey stadium in Bhubaneswar.
Germany players (Black) in action against Belgium during the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 match at Kalinga Hockey stadium in Bhubaneswar. | Photo Credit: BISWARANJAN ROUT

Germany players (Black) in action against Belgium during the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup 2023 match at Kalinga Hockey stadium in Bhubaneswar. | Photo Credit: BISWARANJAN ROUT

Thank you for tuning to Sportstar’s HIGHLIGHTS of the Hockey World Cup 2023- Day 5, taking place in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela.

DID YOU KNOW? The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday took note of the fact there were 12 Japanese players, instead of a maximum of 11, on the pitch during the closing stages of their Hockey World Cup Pool-B match against South Korea. (READ MORE)


Germany and Belgium fought neck and neck to play out an exciting 2-2 draw in a Pool B match of the Hockey World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium on Tuesday. (READ MORE)

Making his national team debut as an 18-year-old in 2012 and quickly cementing his place, Akashdeep was India’s top-scorer at the 2014 World Cup. (READ MORE)

The Indian hockey team was in for some good news on the injury front with Hardik Singh walking around with no visible pain. After spending some time on the sidelines watching his teammates practice, the youngster left to work on his strengthening and conditioning. (READ MORE)

Poligras, a leading brand that laid the pitches at the two venues, threw some light on the modern technology, which enabled less use of water on the turfs. (READ MORE)

Germany vs Belgium, Match 16


  • Ruhr gets a yellow card after pushing a Belgian player. The whistle blows and it’s a draw. Belgium comes from behind after leading in the first quarter.
  • A chance for Belgium, but German ‘keeper Chadler stops the ball from reaching the post by joining his legs.
  • Victor Wegnez scores with five minutes left off the clock. Looks like Belgium did make use of the 10 player situation. Scores level 2-2.
  • Germany’s Prinz is given a green card, will be out for two minutes. Can Belgium make full use of this time and change things around!
  • Tom Grambusch gives Germany the lead as he flicks it in with Belgian ‘keeper Vanasch unable to save it. Germany 2-1
  • Penalty stroke awarded to Germany but Belgium refers as there was a push from behind by Nicolas de Kerpel.
  • Another opportunity for Germany Ludwig passes to Wellen who is near the circle. The Jersey no 9 enters the circle turns around and sweeps it but misses it.
  • Christopher Ruhr attempts several goal scoring shots but it gets saved every time he does. A similar attempt by the Belgians but Stadler saves it with ease.


  • Germany’s Teo Hinrichs hit with the ball as Adrian Hendrickx aims to move the ball in the air in the process hitting the German in the right eye. With that the third quarter whistle blows.
  • Belgian players launch a counter-attack with Kina taking the ball away from his circle to the half way line through the left flank.
  • The first card of the match is awarded to Tom Boon, who will remain outside the field for two minutes.
  • Belgium gets a PC, Hendrickx takes the shot, but Stadler saves it using his leg and pushes it.
  • It’s the first time in this game that Germany is attacking from the start.
  • Germany’s Christopher Ruhr almost scores a goal before it going wide off the post.


  • Germany equalises in the second quarter as both teams stay one a piece at half-time.
  • The two teams keep exchanging ball possessions as Belgium attacks and Germany defends.
  • Germany let go of a goal scoring opportunity, but few second later Niklas Wellen scores a goal diagonally as Stadler’s right leg misses the ball. Germany brings parity 1-1
  • Six minutes down in the second quarter and nothing much by the teams.


  • The whistle blows, Belgium takes the lead!
  • Cedric Charlier flicks the ball after Belgium steals it scoring in an angle to hit the goalkeeper’s right down corner. Belgium leads 1-0
  • Germany tries to score but Belgian ‘keeper Vanasch saves two attempts.
  • Mathias Muller stops a flick by Hendrickx near the post off a corner.
  • Penalty Corner for Belgium as its a back stick by Germany.
  • The two teams tackle each other and check others strength and weakness.
  • The two Europeans teams take field as the anthem of the teams are played.


Belgium defeated Germany 1-0 2 in the 2022-23 FIH Hockey Pro League pool match, the last time they met.

Korea vs Japan, Match 15-



  • With two seconds remaining, Japan gets a PC. It’s three PC’s in a row. Korea doesn’t have a referral as it used its remaining referral. However, Japan asks for dangerous play, video referral says otherwise. Korea keeps the lead and moves up the points table.
  • Yoshikawa goes off the field and a another player is being brought up instead. Will this make any difference for Japan?
  • A brilliant jump to save the ariel ball by Jaehyeon as Koji Yamasaki almost scores the equaliser for Japan.
  • The ball hits the post yet again for Japan and the ball is saved by Jaehyeon. Really unlucky for Japan.
  • Hiro earns a penalty corner for Japan after ‘keeper saves his shot.
  • One less player for Korea as Kim Hyeongjin is out with green card for two minutes.
  • Kim Jaehyeon saves Japan’s PC.
  • Japan gets a penalty corner due to Jonghyun, who deflects the ball into his teammates foot inside his teams circle.
  • Yoshikawa keeps saving attempts to score goals one after the other as he pushes the ball far away for his team.
  • Jang Jonghyun is taking his time to drag flick, but it keeps hitting the Japanese defenders. And Koreans earn one PC after another.
  • Korea in Japan’s corner and hit it on the shin pad of Japanese defender and earns a penalty corner through a video referral.


  • Whistle blows, but no change in goals scored.
  • Korea fails to score a goal but keeps ball possession, before Japan receives the ball.
  • Tanaka collects the ball, passes it to Kawamura who takes his eyes off the ball, which hits his legs. Korea takes opportunity of ball possession and earns penalty corner courtesy Yoshikawa.
  • Another ariel ball for the Koreans as it reaches the Japanese circle, however, it is unable to get it across and Japan is handed the ball.
  • Tanaka bounces the ball to the circle, however Koreans get the ball.
  • Japan earns penalty corner as pressure on Kim Jaehyeon. However, they manage to deflect Japan’s ball and launch a counter-attack which soon is derailed due to failure of pass connections.


  • GREEN CARD FOR JUNG MANJAE . Korea to field 10 players for two minutes and the whistle blows!
  • Tanaka tries to connect with a player, however no deflection and the ball hits right bottom corner, missing the post by centimeters.
  • Yamasaki positions himself behind a Korean defender but misses a very valuable opportunity as the space to score was huge. UNLUCKY!
  • Lee Jungjun makes it 2-1 as he scores as takes opportunity of the ‘keeper’s position and flicks it to Yoshikawa’s right side.
  • The Koreans take advantage of the right flank and pressurise the Japanese.
  • Tanaka gets an ariel ball and tries to take a shot, however, Yamasaki is unable to push the ball into the goal and it goes wide
  • The ball goes into the goalpost from the 25 yard line by the Korean captain Lee Nam Yong, but this won’t be counted as the ball and the stick needs to have an impact in the penalty circle for it to count.


  • Jang Jonghyun fails to score even after three penalty corner attempts and the first quarter ends as the whistle blows.
  • Korea earns its first penalty corner, but gets two more.
  • Korea tries for an ariel shot but connects it with a Japanese player instead.
  • Lee Jungjun clipped the ball as Yoshikawa comes forward to stop the ball in close distance, but fails to stop it as it enters the corner of the goal. Korea equalises 1-1 with Japan!
  • Japan’s goalkeeper Yoshikawa kicks the ball out as it comes close to him inside the Japanese D.
  • Japan are holding the ball well and connecting passes when compared to the Koreans.
  • Nagayoshi is seen planning and making strategies with his coach Akira Takashashi.
  • Japan’s Nagayoshi scores its first goal flicking the ball in his right down corner near the defender, who was unable to see the swiftly moving ball. Japan leads 1-0!
  • Korea’s Seunghoon tries to tackle the ball, but is unsuccessful as Japan is awarded a penalty corner.
  • The two teams are on stage as the anthems are being played.
  • With the first of the Pool B matches for the day being played in Bhubaneswar, the two East Asian countries fight to keep itself away from the last spot.


The last time the two teams faced off, Korea defeated Japan 3-1 in the FIH Hockey Men’s Nations Cup South Africa 2022 pool match.

This is the starting XI for Korea vs Japan match!

Want to know where your favourite team stands?

Here are the latest points tables and pool standings.

Here is the schedule for the day!


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Where to watch the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup matches?
The 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup matches will be telecast live on Star Sports First, Star Sports Select 2 HD, Star Sports Select 2 SD. The same will be streamed live on Disney+ Hotstar.


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