India vs Belgium: India lose 3-1 to Belgium, out of medal contention

India were out of the medal race at the Rio Olympics after losing the quarter-final against Belgium.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: August 14, 2016 10:28 pm
India failed to earn a single penalty corner in the game against Belgium. (Source: Reuters) India failed to earn a single penalty corner in the game against Belgium. (Source: Reuters)

India’s inspiring run at the Rio 2016 Olympics was ended by Belgium in the quarter-finals after they lost the match 3-1 on Sunday to crash out of the tournament. Belgium march into the semi-final of the hockey competition while India head home.

India was a match of two halves as India had their chances in the first half while Belgium dominated the possession. The second half clearly belonged to Belgium as they created regular chances and scored on three occasions.

India were the first to score when Akashdeep Singh deflected a brilliant pass from Manpreet Singh from outside the circle in the first quarter. Belgium did have their chances but the Indian defence was up to the task to deny them.

Just before half-time, India conceded a penalty corner but goalkeeper PR Sreejesh made a brilliant save for India to maintain India’s lead.

Belgium began the second half with a series of attacks and kept up the pressure on the Indian defence. India could never play on the front foot but managed to deny them before Stephan Dockier produced a brilliant move to beat two Indian defenders and sent a powerful hit past Sreejesh to equalise.

Dockier scored again in the third quarter with a push into the top corner of Indian goal to give Belgium the lead. They ended the third quarter with a 2-1 lead.

India began the fourth quarter with some attacks but all the efforts were overdone by Tom Boon who scored the third goal for Belgium.

Going past two defenders, Boon launched a cross shot past Sreejesh and gave his side a two goal lead. India could never threaten Belgium again in the quarter and wasted a couple of chance.

India failed to earn a single penalty corner in the match and that proved costly as they had scored majority of their goals through corners. Belgium on the other hand had three of them but failed to convert even one.

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    Ranvir Singh
    Aug 14, 2016 at 6:58 pm
    the Indian team pla a negative game and were defensive all the time. There was no coordination in the team. Poor game pla by India. It was not expected against not a tough team. Even India could not even beat Canada whom all countries beat by big margins.
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    1. Cristoval Jes%c3%bas
      Aug 15, 2016 at 3:16 am
      Don't blame India hockey players. Too much was expected of an average team from Indian hockey fans. Even mighty Australia pla mediocre hockey and lost this time. Belgium is a vastly improved hockey team like Argentina is. Indian hockey has a long , long way to improve if they can even win the bronze medal in Tokyo, if India qualifies in 2020. International hockey politics has made only one team from Asia to qualify for Olympics.
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      1. Jim Corrigan
        Aug 14, 2016 at 8:06 pm
        Given they didn't even make the touney last time, a quarterfinal berth was decent. Belgium was the best team in the tournament and India pla well against a superior team. India has to stop over-hyping their athletes. When Indian athletes win, it is generally despite the IOC.
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        1. Jim Corrigan
          Aug 18, 2016 at 12:55 pm
          The NBC commentator's said the Indian team was technically sound, but lacked the conditioning needed to compete. These were US commentators who seemed to almost be rooting for underdog Indian hockey. They spent quite some time hyping India's past Hockey prowess. They even mentioned how rule changes by Europeans in the 60s destro stani and Indian hockey's compeiveness.
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