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Belgium has defeated Australia 3-2 on day three of the Davis Cup semifinals. Belgium’s world No.12 David Goffin defeated Nick Kyrgios in four sets 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4 6-4 to level the tie and secure his first win over the Australian in four meetings.

Captain Lleyton Hewitt called upon Jordan Thompson to take on Steve Darcis in the live fifth rubber. The Davis Cup veteran was too strong for the Sydneysider defeating the 22-year-old 6-4 7-5 6-2 to take the win and the tie.

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The large number of qualification matches for continental competitions (26) and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (61) means that the September edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking contains significant movement and change.

Despite the shifts up and down the ranking however, Argentina and Belgium remain in first and second place respectively, cementing their positions at the summit of the ranking for another month. Elsewhere in the top five, Germany (3rd, up 1) and Colombia (4th, down 1) have traded places while a rejuvenated Brazil, under new coach Tite, have moved into joint fourth place thanks mainly to victories against Colombia and Ecuador in World Cup qualifiers.

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Spain striker Diego Costa played his part in the national football side's 2-0 win away over Belgium, but then criticised the treatment he has received at the hands of the press.

The Brazilian born striker has long been a controversial player due to his aggressive and provocative style of play and although he was picked for the 2014 World Cup, he was well below his best form.

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Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has been surprisingly appointed as Belgium's Assistant Coach today, where he will work as Roberto Martinez's no.2 as the Euro 2016 flops look to bounce back as they prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Henry, who was recently relieved of his duties at Arsenal, where he was keen on continuing in a temporary capacity, will now be able to continue his work as a football pundit and work with the Belgium national team, who only play a handful of games each year.

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Belgium stymied favourites the Netherlands 3-1 to set up a men's hockey final clash with Argentina at the Rio Olympics between the two first-time finalists.

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India's men's hockey team chief coach Roelant Oltmans conceded that Belgium played with much more quality and experience and deserved to progress to the semi-finals here on Sunday.

Striker Sebastian Dockeier struck twice in Belgium's 3-1 triumph over India on Sunday putting paid to the latter's hopes of making it to the semi-finals after a long gap of 36 years.

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Striker Sebastian Dockeier struck twice in Belgium's 3-1 triumph over India on Sunday putting paid to the latter's hopes of making it to the men's hockey semi-finals at the Olympics after a long gap of 36 years.

India, who last won an Olympic medal - a gold - at the 1980 Moscow Games, faced an aggressive Belgium side that scored thrice after conceding a goal against the run of play in the 15th minute.

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