Belgium extend lead at the top of the Pro League

JJ Dohmen Sets Belgian Records With 400 International Hockey Caps

Belgium claimed their second win in two days in the FIH Hockey Pro League against Spain, defeating the host country with a 2-0 victory at the Stadio Betero, Valencia, for a lead of 14 points at the top of the standings.

The Red Lions, who claimed victory vs the Red Sticks by 3-2 on Friday, scored goals in Q1 and Q2 with Simon Gougnard on the tomahawk, ahead of the top scorer Alexander Hendrickx extending the lead in trademark Penalty Corner fashion. Spain competed well and created several goal scoring opportunities in the match, h owever, they couldn’t find a way past world number one shot-stopper Vincent Vanasch, who made several world-class saves – including a penalty stroke by Xavi Lleonart – to help his team prevail in a game played behind closed doors under tight covid-19 protocols.

The outcome was the ultimate way to celebrate the 400th international performance for Belgian midfielder John-John Dohmen. The 33 year-old has become the 6th male player to make this amazing landmark. The existing world record for the caps is held by the Dutch legend Teun de Nooijer, who played 453 times for the Netherlands.

“It was a great game; it is always tight against Spain”, said Belgium’s Vanasch, who was named Player of the Match. “I am very happy that we dealt with the pressure and I’m really pleased that John John Dohmen celebrated his 400th cap for Beglium today. We could not be more proud.”

Talking about his incredible caps landmark, John-John Dohmen said: “I am just really proud to have played so many games for my country, especially with these boys. I love this group. I just enjoy the journey with the team, it is just amazing. Ten years ago we were nowhere in the world ranking, but now we are the best team in the world. We can be really proud of that. I am not the only one, there are a lot of old guys in this team who did the same journey as me, so we can be really proud of this.”

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