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Tokyo Olympics; India loses to Belgium in Last quarter

Aug 3, 2021

India vs Belgium Live Score, Hockey Semi-Final, Tokyo Olympics 2020: Belgium’s Loick Luypaert scored in the opening minute as Harmanpreet Singh and Mandeep Singh scored for the Indian men’s hockey team but Alexander Hendrickx scored a hat-trick to hand them the lead in their Tokyo Olympics semi-final encounter.

India vs Belgium Live Score, Hockey Semi-Final Updates, Tokyo Olympics 2020: Indian men’s hockey team took the lead after going down early against Belgium. But, Harmanpreet converted a penalty corner and Mandeep scored from open play in the first quarter. In the second, Alexander Hendrickx scored from the penalty corner to make it 2-2 and repeated it in the 4th quarter to hand them the lead again. Hendrickx completed his hat-trick as he converted a penalty stroke to make it 4-2 to Belgium. India are looking to bring glory back to the sport in the country as they play in the Tokyo Olympics semi-final on Tuesday. The men’s hockey team made the semi-finals at the Games after a gap of 49 years and now, they will be looking to confirm a medal for themselves even though they are going to have it very tough against the Belgians.

Ever since India had a crushing 7-1 loss to Australia in their second Pool A match, the men’s hockey team has gone on a roll and has produced solid, sturdy and delightful performances. Belgium, on the other hand, are unbeaten in the competition, having drawn one game against India’s quarter-final opponents Great Britain.

Key Indian Players

Manpreet Singh – Manpreet Singh is India’s captain and has been in the role since 2017. His leadership has led this team to playing far more cohesive hockey and he is an extremely important thread in the middle of the park.

Rupinder Pal Singh – Rupinder is back in the hockey team after being sidelined due to performance for some time. But when he is back in the team, he has shown great character and skill development to only making the team better. In the Olympics so far, he has scored three goals.

Harmanpreet Singh – Both Harmanpreet and Rupinder are defenders while they also have the skill to score from penalty corners, making them very crucial members against giants like Belgium. Harmanpreet will be required to be at the top of his game in defensive terms against an attacking line-up of the calibre of Belgium and then he, along with Rupinder, will need to make the penalty corners count because Belgium will.

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