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Olympic Field Hockey Day 6: Belgium's men overwhelm Canada

Olympic Field Hockey Day 6: Belgium's men overwhelm Canada
Posted at 10:56 PM, Jul 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-29 02:23:03-04

Editor's note: This article will be updated with all the day's field hockey action in Tokyo.

Unbeaten Belgium explodes on Canada

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Still looking every bit the podium favorite as ever, Belgium remained unbeaten in men's field hockey at the Tokyo Olympics with a 9-1 drubbing of winless Canada in Pool B action at Oi Hockey Stadium.

Silver medalists at Rio 2016, the Belgians used a balanced scoring attack to overwhelm Canada; nobody scored more than twice in the match.

It was the fourth match in pool play for each country.

India's defense paves way past Argentina

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Further strengthening its grip on advancement out of Pool A, India's defense was virtually airtight in a 3-1 victory as the winners improved to 3-1 in pool play by snapping a tie in the final three minutes of the match.

Argentina, which played an excellent defensive game before breaking down late, fell to 1-1-2 in Pool A.

South Africa rallies past Germany to end long drought

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Winless in Olympic pool play since Athens 2004, South Africa's men didn't just snap their long drought. They did it with drama.

Germany, the bronze medalist at Rio 2016, scored twice in the second quarter to take a 3-2 lead into halftime, but South Africa tied it in the third quarter, broke the tie in the fourth, and improved to 1-3 in Pool B while Germany fell to 2-2.

Better late than never for Great Britain

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The Dutch had a tenuous hold on momentum for much of the match, leading 1-0 at halftime and 2-0 heading into the fourth quarter, but Great Britain never stopped grinding and salvaged a 2-2 tie to match Netherlands with a record of 2-1-1 in Pool B.