There was as soon as heartbreak for Indian hockey fans as Alexander Hendrickx scored a hattrick to e book Belgium to a 5-2 of their Tokyo Olympics males’s hockey semifinal in opposition to India on Tuesday (August 3). Hendrickx remodeled a penalty stroke within the 53rd minute of the sport after a sequence of penalty corners to the field champions within the fourth quarter. It was as soon as the third hat-trick of the Tokyo Olympics for the Belgian huge title. John-John Dominique Dohmen added a fifth plan within the final minute of the final quarter as they took goalkeeper PR Sreejesh off. India will now compete within the bronze medal match.
Earlier, Hendrickx remodeled off the third penalty nook within the 49th minute that the field champions obtained in succession within the fourth quarter to realize his 13th plan off the occasion. India now desire to push forward and stage the sport within the occasion that they dream of reaching the Tokyo Olympics gold medal match.
Belgium persevered to frustrate India of their Tokyo Olympics males’s hockey semifinal, with the bag stage at 2-2 after the third quarter. India had quite loads of opportunities within the sport but have totally managed to convert one out of the 5 penalty nook opportunities within the sport. At the replace discontinue, Indian side displayed some sizable defensive work thru Sumit and Amit Rohidas in opposition to the hockey World Champions. If the sport stays stage at 2-2 after the fourth quarter, there may perhaps perhaps be a shoot-out to grab the Tokyo Olympics hockey finalists.
The Red Lions’ Alexander Hendrickx remodeled the fourth penalty nook that the Indian defence conceded within the second quarter of the sport. India managed to defend three penalty nook for the length of the first quick time of the second quarter but Belgium eventually managed to stage the sport. India had probability to grab the lead within the demise minutes of second quarter but skipper Manpreet Singh shot huge off the plan.
After conceding a plan within the second minute, Mandeep Singh (11th minute) and Harmanpreet Singh (Eighth minute), drove India into the lead striking them ahead 2-1 within the outlet quarter. India piled on the flexibility by getting support-to-support penalty corners within the Eighth minute sooner than Harmanpreet scored his fifth plan of the occasion.
Earlier, after incomes a penalty nook within the first minute of the sport, Belgium’s Loick Fanny Luypaert hammered dwelling the early plan within the second minute of the sport to dawdle 1-0 up in opposition to the Indians. Crew India moreover had their opportunity within the first quarter, with an early free hit for Hardik Singh but they may perhaps perhaps also no longer convert the chance.
After the Mammoth Sunday when the males’s hockey group made the medal round for the first time since 1980 came Magic Monday when the females’s group made history by reaching the semifinals of the Olympic Video games hockey occasion for the first time. So, will or no longer or no longer it’s one other dapper day for Indian hockey when the Indian males’s group takes on Belgium within the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympic Video games?
While India would hope to pick out Tuesday’s bump into and reach the final for the first time since 1980, when they won their eighth gold medal, the Belgian Red Lions on the replace hand are taking a explore to salvage it to their second successive final after finishing runners-up to Argentina 5 years within the past in Rio de Janeiro.
The Indians will moreover be attempting to get revenge because it was as soon as Belgium which had ousted them from the quarterfinals within the 2016 Olympics. Though they have gotten reached this a ways, the Indian group has nothing to lose because it has carried out the target of reaching the semifinals. They are able to dawdle all out devour the females’s group did in opposition to Australia on Monday and salvage the most of their potentialities.
The group is on a four-match winning spree after beating Spain (3-0), Argentina (3-1), Japan (4-3), and Immense Britain (3-1) and one extra pick will swear them of a minimal of a silver medal.