Sunday, June 23, 2024

Olympics Hockey: Hendrickx magic as Belgium sweep past Spain into semis 

Alexander Hendrickx’s fairytale Olympic debut continued – he turns 28 the day after the men’s final – as the Belgian penalty corner wizard took his tournament tally into double figures to propel the world champions past Spain into the last four of the Tokyo Olympics.

The 27-year-old, with six stitches in his face after taking a nasty blow against Britain on Friday, first levelled for the second-ranked side in the third quarter before adding a late second to top the scoring charts by miles on 11 goals, five clear of Australia’s Blake Govers.

Earlier Tom Boon had put Belgium ahead three minutes after his teammate’s equaliser, as Spain clung on to their advantage following David Alegre’s 26th minute opener. Belgium will play India in the semi-finals after the Asian powerhouse beat Great Britain 3-1.

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