Draw gets NZ men a point

Nic Woods (right),  of New Zealand (right) celebrates his goal from a penalty corner during the...
Nic Woods (right), of New Zealand (right) celebrates his goal from a penalty corner during the men’s FIH Field Hockey Pro League match against Belgium at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland yesterday. Photo: Getty Images
The Black Sticks men’s hockey team came  from two goals down last night,  drawing 4-4 with world champion Belgium and earning a point before  a penalty shootout at their Pro League match in North Harbour.

The hosts scored first through a Hugo Inglis penalty stroke, But Belgium struck back quickly through a  Cedric Charlier goal.

Maxime Plennevaux scored for the visitors just before half-time for  a 2-1 lead at the break. Aidan Sarikaya tied things up in the third quarter  with  with a powerful reverse-stick finish  from an unlikely angle. Both teams scored again and  the match ended 4-4  before going to a penalty shootout. Belgium  comfortably won the shootout  4-2 to take the extra point.  Earlier, the Black Sticks women’s  team  conceded a late goal to lose 1-0 to Belgium.

The women’s side remains winless in the competition heading into next week’s clash against Great Britian and former coach Mark Hager in Christchurch.

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