Indian men's hockey team

The Indian hockey team reached the semi-finals of the Olympics for the first time since 1972 and had a chance to go to the final.

The dream of the Indian men’s hockey team to reach the Olympic finals was shattered after 41 years. The Indian team, who reached the semi-finals for the first time after 49 years with their brilliant game in the Tokyo Olympics 2020, was defeated by world champion Belgium 5-2 in this important match. With this Belgium became the first team to reach the final, while the Indian team’s wait for Olympic gold increased for another Olympics. The hero of Belgium’s victory was star drag-flicker Alexander Hendrix, who scored a hat-trick of goals and broke the hearts of millions of Indians. However, India’s journey is not over yet, as it will have a chance to win the bronze medal.

India needed a strong game against the world’s number one team Belgium and the team performed well in the first two quarters, but from the third quarter, Belgium increased their dominance in the match and then scored 3 more goals in the last quarter. Had to face a crushing defeat. With this Belgium secured its place in the second consecutive Olympic final.

Indian men's hockey team

This match was expected to be very close and something similar happened. Belgium took a penalty corner in the second minute of the match and converted it into a goal to take a 1-0 lead. However, his lead did not last long and India scored two goals in just two minutes to take a 2-1 lead. Harmanpreet Singh converted a penalty corner in the 7th minute on a fine drag flick. Then in the 8th minute, Mandeep Singh got the second goal for the team on a tremendous reverse stick shot. This lead of India remained in the first quarter.