India vs Belgium Hockey: India lost 5-2 in the semi-finals

By Arjit - August 3, 2021 - Last updated on Aug 23, 2021 02:29 PM India vs Belgium Hockey: India lost 5-2 in the semi-finals

India vs Belgium Hockey: India lost 5-2 in the semi-finals, will now play for the bronze medal

Tokyo: India vs Belgium Hockey: Millions of sports fans had to face disappointment in the great match played between India and Belgium in the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo when the Indian team lost 5-2 to world champion Belgium in the race for the gold medal. got out. Now India will play for the bronze medal in the Maha Kumbh.

In the decider and fourth quarter, luck turned in favor of Belgium, so they played the game even better. In this quarter, Belgium scored two goals to win the match 5-2. One goal in this quarter came from a penalty stroke and that changed everything.

This was the fourth goal for Belgium through a penalty stroke. This goal was scored by Hendrix, which was his 14th goal in the tournament. At the same time, the third goal for Belgium came on the last of three penalty corners, one after the other.

Earlier, both the teams were tied 2-2 even after the end of the third quarter, but in the fourth and deciding quarters and moments, a mixture of Indias misfortune and Belgiums good game, the victory went to Belgiums court.

In the third quarter, both the teams got many chances to score goals, but both had good defense. As a result, no goals were scored in this quarter and the match is tied at 2-2. In the second quarter, Belgium made a comeback after falling behind and brought themselves to a 2-2 draw. The second goal for Belgium was scored by Hendrix from a penalty corner, which was his 12th goal of the tournament. India scored three goals in the last 11 minutes.

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The Indian team reached the semi-finals of the Olympics after 49 years and will now take on the team that was defeated in the second semi-final between Australia and Germany for the bronze medal. Harmanpreet Singh (7th) and Mandeep Singh (8th) scored for India while Aleksandr Hendrix (19th, 49th, and 53rd) scored three goals for Belgium while Loic Fanny Lypert (2nd) and John John Dohmann (60th) scored. ) scored a goal.

India last won a gold medal at the Moscow Olympics but reached the semi-finals for the first time since the 1972 Munich Olympics. The matches at the Moscow Olympics were played on a round-robin basis.

Earlier, India made a spectacular comeback to take a 2-1 lead against Belgium in the first ten minutes. Harmanpreet Singh and Mandeep Singh scored the first goal for India in the 10th minute of the game, but at the start of the second quarter, Belgium got three penalty corners one after the other, which India saved, but some After a while again got a penalty corner, which Sreejash could not save and Belgium again leveled the match.

And when this match was done, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi was also watching the match early in the morning and he also tweeted about it and wished the team all the best.

Fourth Quarter: Penalty corners piled up, India wire to wire

Belgium once again achieved a hat-trick of penalty corners in the very beginning. Belgium got a hat-trick in the first quarter as well. And unlike in the first quarter, this time Belgium did not miss on the hat-trick, and on the third attempt, the dangerous Hendrix scored a goal to put Belgium ahead 3-2. After this lead, it was as if Belgium got one penalty corner after another in the boon.

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After the lead, within minutes, Belgium got four more penalty corners. Overall, the 14th penalty corner came in the match for Belgium. And in this struggle, Belgium got a penalty stroke, which Hendrix converted into a goal to give his team a 4-2 lead. From here the effect on the body language of Indians was clearly visible. The Indians became a bit sluggish and Belgium started giving long passes as a time-cutting strategy.

It was as if the last nail was yet to be hammered on Indias coffin and it came at the last minute in the 60th minute of the game. Dohmen JJDM, playing in the No 7 jersey from Belgium, scored the field goal, while the Indian goalkeeper was absent from the post as India decided to remove Goalchi Sreejash after falling two goals, which proved to be a suicide for them. And this decision was enough to tell the mood of the team. Belgiums lead was 5-2 and India was out of the race for gold.

Third Quarter: India could not redeem the penalty corner, the match was tied at 2-2

When the third quarter of the match began, the players were also confronted with the humidity (humidity), which was about 80 percent. The players were sweaty, but as soon as the game started, India took a penalty corner. This was Indias fifth penalty corner, but it was brilliantly defended by Belgium, possibly the best defense of the match so far.

India dominated the majority of the third quarter, but the Indians did not succeed in scoring. Nor could Belgium succeed. The result was tied at 2-2 even after the third quarter.

Second Quarter: India missed the lead again

As soon as the second quarter started, Belgium put pressure on India by continuously attacking. And he also got the benefit of it and Belgium got three penalty corners one after the other, but all three were wasted by the Indian defenders. This happened when India was playing with a lesser player. Rupinder Singh was sent out till halftime due to excessive rashness.

However, Belgiums efforts were fueled by the dangerous Hendrix. In the 28th minute of the game, Hendrix converted a penalty corner to bring Belgium to a 2-2 draw. Shortly before this, India also got a penalty corner, but the Indians could not take advantage of it.

However, in this quarter, Belgium dominated and continued to dominate. The result was that Belgium got two penalty corners in the 29th minute of the game, but the Indians did not allow the goal to be scored on both.

Minutes before the end of the second quarter, India had a chance to take the lead when they got a penalty corner. The Belgian players also protested, but the referee did not agree. However, Harmanpreet could not hit the right target and his shot went off the right side of the goalpost and India again missed the lead.

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As soon as the game started, India attacked and the players were successful in reaching Belgiums D, but the opportunity could not be converted into a goal, but in the counterattack, Belgium definitely converted its attack into a goal. Belgium managed to get a penalty corner, so they did not make a mistake in converting it into a goal.

The first goal for Belgium was scored by Lupert in the second minute of the game, but a few minutes later, Harmanpreet of India converted a penalty corner to put India at 1-1. This goal was scored in the 10th minute of the game. came in. Belgium did not even manage to equalize that 6 minutes after the first goal Mandeep Singh scored a field goal with a back-flick to put India 2-1 ahead and the lead remained intact till the first quarter.

Lets see who is included in the Indian team in the match.

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