India will have revenge on mind but injuries remain a worry for the team as it takes on Belgium in the quarterfinal clash of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament here on Thursday.
After topping Pool ‘A’ courtesy its two wins and the number of goals it scored in the preliminary league, India will play Pool ‘B’s bottom-placed Belgium as the new format devised by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) allows all eight teams to move from the preliminary league into the knockout rounds.
India and Germany, finished on six points each, but India took the top slot due to a better goal difference.
India is still rankled by the Champions Challenge final of last year when it blew away a two-goal lead in the closing stages to lose the contest and pave the way for Belgium to make its maiden appearance in the elite Champions Trophy.
Belgium went on to repeat its victory when the two teams met again in the preliminary group of this year’s Olympic Games at London, where eight-time gold medallist India finished at the bottom of the 12-team competition.
“We are eager to win this match to settle a score,” said India coach Michael Nobbs. — PTI