Tokyo: Despite a strong fight, the Indian men’s hockey team lost to Belgium 5-2 in the semi-final of the Tokyo Olympics. However, the team will play for the bronze medal next.
India went behind in the fourth quarter again as they conceded their fourth through a penalty stroke.
Indian started strongly as they ended the first quarter on a high. They turned it around with two goals after conceding early in the first quarter. Loick Luypaert scored for Belgium through a penalty corner while Mandeep Singh and Harmanpreet Singh got into the scoresheet for India and helped India make a comeback against Belgium in the first semi-final.
India had booked a place in the semi-final through a 3-1 win against Great Britain in the quarterfinals, their first semis appearance since 1972.