The Indian men’s hockey team will take on Belgium in their Tokyo 2020 Olympics semi-final at the Oi Hockey Stadium’s north pitch on Tuesday, August 3.
India marched onto the quarter-finals on the back of a strong Pool A performance and finished second, with their only loss coming at the hands of Australia.
The Men in Blue took the game against Great Britain by the scruff of their neck in the quarter-final and won 3-1 to put India in the medal contention after a gap of 41 years.
The Moscow 1980 Olympics was the last time that Team India won gold in men’s hockey. It was the last of their record eight Olympic golds in the sport. The last time India were in the semi-finals of the Olympics was at Munich 1972.
Belgium, on the other hand, got past Spain 3-1 in the other quarter-final to set up a semi-final clash versus India.
India vs Belgium hockey head-to-head
India have played as many as 17 hockey matches against Belgium, with their first meeting coming in 2009. During that time, India have managed just five wins as compared to Belgium’s nine victories. Three matches ended in draws.
India vs Belgium hockey ranking
Belgium are currently ranked 2nd in the FIH Men’s world rankings, sitting only behind leaders Australia. India, on the other hand, are at their best-ever ranking of 3rd.
India vs Belgium recent form
Despite finishing second in Pool A, India could only manage a goal difference of +2. It was largely affected by their 1-7 defeat against Australia. Their form, however, has been supreme. They have lost just one of their six matches at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Belgium, on the other hand, finished at the top of their Pool B and have scored 29 times in six matches so far. Their biggest victory came against Canada when they won 9-1, with as many as three players scoring a brace. Unlike India, Belgium are undefeated in the competition at the moment. They, however, did play a 2-2 draw against Great Britain.
India vs Belgium men’s hockey team full squad
India men’s hockey squad: Manpreet Singh (captain), PR Sreejesh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Birendra Lakra, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Hardik Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Shamsher Singh, Sumit, Gurjant Singh, Dilpreet Singh, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, Varun Kumar, Mandeep Singh and Simranjeet Singh.
Belgium men’s hockey squad: Arthur van Doren, John-John Dohmen, Florent van Aubel, Sebastien Dockier, Cedric Charlier, Gauthier Boccard, Nicolas de Kerpel, Augustin Meurmans, Alexander Hendrickx, Thomas Briels (captain), Felix Denayer, Vincent Vanasch, Simon Gougnard, Arthur de Sloover, Antoine Kina, Loick Luypaert, Victor Wegnez, Tom Boon
Where to watch India vs Belgium men’s hockey semi-final at Tokyo 2020 Olympics live in India?
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics hockey semi-final match between India and Belgium will be telecast on Sony Pictures Network and national broadcasters Doordarshan (DD Sports and DD National). Coverage will begin live at 7:00 AM IST on August 3, Tuesday.
Live streaming of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics men’s hockey match between India and Belgium will be available on the SonyLIV app and website.