Hyderabad: Riding on goals from Dilpreet Singh (7’) Gurjant Singh (16’) and Hardik Singh (57’), India defeated Great Britain 3-1 to enter the semifinal after 49 years.
The last time India won a medal was in 1980. India will now take on Belgium on Tuesday in the semis for a place in finals.
For Great Britain, Sam Ward reduced the margin with a 45th minute goal. Even though India’s last of the eight Olympic gold medals came way back in the 1980 Moscow Games, there were no semifinals in that edition as only six teams participated in the event. The last time India featured in the semifinals of the Olympics was in 1972 Munich Games where they lost 0-2 to arch-rivals Pakistan.
Belgium defeated Spain 3-1 in another quarterfinal to seal their place in the last four round. The other semifinal of the men’s hockey competition will be played between Australia and Germany.
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