After six long months, the FIH Hockey Pro League made a welcome return on Tuesday, September 22, with Germany women and Belgium men both recording fine victories in double headers between the neighboring nations in Düsseldorf.
The first FIH Hockey Pro League match since March went the way of Germany, who shook off any rustiness caused by the lengthy lay-off by recording a 2-0 victory over Belgium’s Red Panthers. While in the men’s match, reigning world champions Belgium found themselves under early pressure from hosts Germany but grew in stature as the game progressed, going on to record a resounding 6-1 victory over their European rivals.
The matches were played behind closed doors, with strict COVID-19 protocols being followed by the teams, staff, officials, and everyone within the venue. The Germany and Belgium men’s and women’s teams will return to the field for the second matches of their respective double headers today.