Tuesday 3 August 2021 6:10 AM UTC
TOKYO Aug 3: India men’s hockey team lost their semifinal match against the 2018 world champions Belgium on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics, thus missing out on a chance to make their first Olympic final in over four decades.
The last time India had played the men’s hockey final at the Olympics was back in 1980 when the team had won the gold medal.
This was India’s first meeting against Belgium since their 2-3 defeat in the FIH Pro League match in February 2019. But India’s campaign is still not over as they would compete in the Bronze medal match on Thursday where they will face the loser of the second semifinal between Australia and Germany.
India got off to a nervy start, conceding an early penalty corner in the semifinal. Felix Denayer sent a ball inside the scoring circle, and the ball was deflected off by Rupinder Pal Singh.
Despite Alexander Hendrickx not being on the turf at that point, Luick Luypaert made the most of the opportunity and scored an early goal for Belgium in the second minute of the first quarter.
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