BHUBANESWAR: Pakistan face Belgium in an all-important cross-over match for a place in the quarter-final of the ongoing Hockey World Cup in Bhubaneswar, India today.
The lone point that the men in green earned in their group D match was against Malaysia, where they were held to a 1-1 draw. They lost their other two games, 1-0 to Germany and 5-1 to the Netherlands.
On the other hand, Belgium won their opening game of the tournament 2-1 to Canada, 5-1 against South Africa and were held 2-2 against India.
Pakistan and Belgium have played against each other twice in the World Cup, with Pakistan winning both the times, 2-0 in 1973 and 3-2 in 2002.
The match between Pakistan and Belgium will start at 4:15pm Pakistan Standard Time.