Belgium defeated The Netherlands in a shootout to keep their title hopes alive ©Getty Images

Defending champions Belgium are into the final of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Men's Hockey World Cup, having dramatically won a shootout against rivals The Netherlands in the semi-finals today at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

Belgium did not hold the lead at any point during regular time, conceding the opener from Jip Janssen from a penalty corner after 12 minutes.

Tom Boon got the equaliser three minutes before half-time, but Janssen scored from another penalty corner six minutes after the restart.

Nicolas De Kerpel levelled the score for Belgium just before the third period ended.

With no more goals in the final quarter of the match, the shootout started.

After Belgium did the chasing in the match, the roles reversed in the penalties.

Florent Van Aubel, Arthur De Sloover and Victor Wegnez scored for the Olympic champions, but The Netherlands were on the back foot from the start when Thijs van Dam missed their opener.

Jorrit Croon and Jonas de Geus would keep them in the match, but Terrance Pieters would miss the fourth, meaning Belgium could win with the conversion of theirs.

Tanguy Cosyns' miss would hand the Dutch a lifeline, but Seve van Ass missed, consigning his team to defeat.

Gonzalo Peillat scored a hat-trick to help Germany to the Men's Hockey World Cup final ©Getty Images
Gonzalo Peillat scored a hat-trick to help Germany to the Men's Hockey World Cup final ©Getty Images

Belgium's final opponents are Germany, who followed on from beating England to defeat Australia 4-3.

It was another superb second-half performance from the Germans, who were 2-0 down after 27 minutes thanks to goals from Jeremy Hayward and Nathan Ephraums.

Penalty corner goals from Gonzalo Peillat in the 43rd and 52nd minute would bring the match equal.

Australia looked to have the match won when Blake Govers made it 3-2 with two minutes to go, but Peillat got his hat-trick a minute later.

It was his fifth goal of the tournament for the former Argentina national team player, who switched to Germany prior to the World Cup.

His switch came after a dispute with Argentina coach German Orozco in 2019.

With the match looking set to go to a shootout, Niklas Wellen scored just before the buzzer to give the Germans a 4-3 win.

Germany last made the final in 2010, where they lost to Australia.