Tokyo Olympics: Belgium beat India 5-2 in men's hockey semi-finals
Tokyo: Indian Hockey team's dream of bringing home a gold medal ended on Tuesday morning as Belgium defeated the Men in Blue 5-2 in the men's hockey semi-final here.
India will now play for the bronze medal.
After conceding an early goal, India bounced back to take 2-1 lead.
Belgium, however, shined on the day and finished the scoreline in their favour, ending India's hope for a silver or gold.
Alexander Hendrickx hammered a hat-trick for Belgium.
Apart from him, John Dohmen and Loick Luypaert scored for Belgium.
#IND have lost the semi-final against #BEL by 2-5. 💔— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 3, 2021
They are still in the medal hunt as they will fight it out in the #bronze medal match. #Tokyo2020 | #UnitedByEmotion | #StrongerTogether | #Hockey
Mandeep Singh and Harmanpreet Singh scored for India.
The other semi-final of the day will be played between Australia and Germany.
The loser of the match will face India for the bronze medal battle.
India had reached the last-four stage of the tournament by beating Great Britan.
Wins and losses are a part of life. Our Men’s Hockey Team at #Tokyo2020 gave their best and that is what counts. Wishing the Team the very best for the next match and their future endeavours. India is proud of our players.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 3, 2021
Indian PM Narendra Modi even cheered for the Indian squad and tweeted: "Wins and losses are a part of life. Our Men’s Hockey Team at #Tokyo2020 gave their best and that is what counts. Wishing the Team the very best for the next match and their future endeavours. India is proud of our players."