Olympics: India lose to Belgium 2-5 in men's hockey semi-finals
Tokyo, August 3, 2021
India's brilliant run in the Tokyo Olympics men's hockey tournament came to an end with a 2-5 defeat to world champions Belgium in the semi-finals here on Tuesday.
The Indians fought well, went 2-1 up in the first quarter but slack defending and conceding too many penalty corners did them in as Belgium fought back to level scores and then scored thrice in the fourth quarter to seal a place in the final.
Belgium's Alexander Hendrickx (19th, 49th and 53rd min) scored a hat-trick while Loick Fanny Luypaert (2nd min) and John John Dohmen (60th min) were the other scorers for the winners, while Harmanpreet Singh (7th min) and Mandeep Singh (11th) were the Indian goalscorers.
Belgium will play the winner of the second semi-final between Australia and Germany in the final. India will take on the team losing the second semi-final for the bronze medal.