The India hockey team has been disappointed after a tough defeat in the Tokyo Olympic semi-finals. Nevertheless, this was India’s first time to reach the semis in the Olympics after 49 years, which is impressive. Here is a summary of the game.
On Tuesday, Belgium thrashed India in the men’s Tokyo Olympic 2021 hockey semi-finals, winning 5-2 at the Oi Hockey stadium. India’s goal scorer Singh said it is sad for them to have lost the match, but they are getting ready for the bronze medal game.
India turned over 14 penalty corners, and it affected them as Flicker Alexander converted three of them. Before the third quarter ended, the game was at 2-2. Unfortunately, in the final 15 minutes, all hell broke loose, and India’s hockey 2021 team lost the game.
The Indian star of the match, Mandeep Singh, agreed that his team lost a crucial game because they made errors. In addition, he said that they would thoroughly prepare well for the bronze medal game. In the third-place match, India will play versus the loser of the second semi-final between Australia and Germany on 5th August.
The Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh also agreed that they made mistakes, and although he did his best to guard the goal post, it made it hard to come back versus Belgium. He also said they blew opportunities that changed the whole game; for instance, four opponents’ goals came from penalty corners. However, their defense was constantly under attack and allowed the world champions to secure many penalty corner opportunities.
Belgium’s match plan was clear and on point from the beginning. The man of the match, Alexander, scored a hat-trick, while Loick and John-John struck to earn this team a spot in the finals. This marks their second entry into the Olympics hockey finals. On the other side, Harmanpreet Singh and Mandeep Singh made the two goals for India.
Despite this loss, India is focused on their next game and is looking to take that 3rd place medal. Keep it here for more Olympic and sports news.