The men’s hockey team has lost in the semi-finals at the Tokyo Olympics. The defending world champion team Belgium defeated India 5-2. Both the teams were tied 2-2 till half time. India were leading 2-1 at one point in this match. After this he scored four more goals in Belgium. Belgium scored three goals in the fourth quarter. It has been a tough time for the Indian hockey team to face Belgium in the Olympics in recent years. Belgium defeated India 3–0 at the 2012 London Olympics and 3–1 at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In London, the two teams met in the pool stage. At the same time, both of them had faced in the quarter finals in Rio.
Now for the bronze medal, India will face the losing team in the semi-final between Australia and Germany. If the Indian team wins that match, then after 41 years the men’s hockey team will get an Olympic medal.
The Belgian team scored the first goal on the penalty corner in 1 minute 4 seconds. In the second minute of the match, Belgium’s Loik Luipert made no mistake in scoring the goal.
After scoring the first goal, India made a tremendous comeback. India got a penalty corner in the 7th minute. Harmanpreet took the drag flick and scored for India.
Mandeep Singh then scored a field goal in the 8th minute with a brilliant backhand shot. At the end of the first quarter, the Indian team maintained a 2-1 lead over Belgium.
Belgium got another penalty corner in the 19th minute of the second quarter. One of the best drag-flickers in the world, Alexander Hendrix, grabbed the opportunity to level the score at 2-2.
Belgium took several penalty corners one after the other in the fourth quarter. Belgium won the match by scoring 3 goals in the 49th, 53rd and 60th minutes. Alexander scored 3 goals in the match.
India had won 4 out of 5 matches against Belgium ahead of the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics. India had defeated the hosts in 3 out of 3 matches on the Belgium tour in 2019. India won that tour 2-0, 3-1 and 5-1. But, in the Olympics, Belgium was once again heavy.
Belgium’s team is the highest goal scorer in this Olympics so far. He has scored a total of 34 goals including in the semifinals. That is, all his players are in excellent goal scoring form at the moment.
The Belgian team is currently considered to be the strongest team in the world in terms of defence. The proof of this was also seen in this Olympics. Belgium have conceded only 10 goals so far and have proved to be the best team in this regard. Australia is in second place with 11 goals. India has scored 18 goals and conceded 14 goals so far. That is, India’s record in both goals and goals scored has been weaker than Belgium in this Olympics.