Brilliant run for India in Tokyo Olympics End of men’s hockey tournament a. happened with 2-5 necklace India advanced with their nose in the first break over world champions Belgium in the semi-finals, but Belgium struggled with level scores and then scored three goals in the fourth quarter to make it to the final.
After the completion of the match, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to appreciate Tam’s efforts and extended his best wishes to Team India, which will now play a bronze medal match this weekend. PM Modi wrote,Winning and losing is part of life. our men’s hockey team Tokyo2020 Give your best and that’s what matters. Best wishes to the team for the next match and for their future endeavours. India is proud of its players.”
Winning and losing is part of life. our men’s hockey team #tokyo2020 Give your best and that’s what matters. Best wishes to the team for the next match and for their future endeavours. India is proud of its players.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 3 August 2021
PM Modi also spoke to Indian Hockey team captain Manpreet Singh after the semi-final match and he appreciated his good performance throughout the tournament and wished him all the best for the next match.
Belgium’s game plan was clear from the start as they tried to enter the Indian circle and secure penalty corners with Hendricks and Luypert. The trick worked to perfection as the Indian defense fell under the pressure of accepting set pieces. Alexandre Hendrix (19th, 49th and 53rd) scored a hat-trick for Belgium, while Loic Fanny Luypert (2nd) and John John Dohmann (60th) scored. Harmanpreet Singh (7th minute) and Mandeep Singh (11th minute) scored for India.
In the final, Belgium will face the winner of the second semi-final between Australia and Germany. India will take on the losing team in the second semi-final for the bronze medal.
India’s last appearance in an Olympic final was at the 1980 Moscow Games, where they won their last of eight gold medals.
(with agency inputs)