The Indian hockey team lost 5-2 to the reigning world champions. India will now play the bronze medal match next Thursday. Belgium progress to the gold medal match. Here is a list showing their journey towards the semifinals
India suffered a heartbreaking loss to Belgium in the men’s hockey semi-final as they lost 2-5 on Tuesday.
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India, still have a chance to win a medal at Tokyo 2020. They will play the bronze medal match next against the loser of the second semi-final between Australia and Germany that will be held later in the day.
India conceded early in the first quarter as Belgium converted a penalty corner to take the lead in the second minute. India ended the first half well as they fought back to take a 2-1 lead after the first 15 minutes of the contest.
Mandeep Singh and Harmanpreet Singh scored the goals for India. Belgium, number two in world rankings, equalised in the second quarter thanks to Drag-flicker Alexander Hendrickx’s strike a hat-trick for Belgium (19th, 49th and 53rd minute) and John-John Dohmen (60th minute) hit the board as well.
The third quarter ended goallessly but Belgium proved to be too be good on the day as they scored three goals in the final 15 minutes of the semi-final clash to book their place in the final of the Tokyo Olympics.
Trailing by 2 goals in the final minutes of the semi-final match, India withdrew their star goalkeeper PR Sreejesh but the move backfired as Belgium scored another goal to finish the game.