Rio -- A lacklustre India squandered a one-goal advantage to go down 3-1 to Belgium in the quarterfinals at the Rio Games, blowing a great opportunity to end a 36-year wait for a hockey medal.?Belgium, on the other hand, scripted history as they progressed to the semifinals of the Olympics after a gap of 96 years.India took the lead through a fine field effort from Akashdeep Singh in the 15th minute before Belgium pumped in three field goals from Sebastien Dockier and Tom Boon to halt Indias run.?Having topped Pool A, Belgium were the favourites to win the encounter and they played like champions, dominating the proceedings for most of the game. India, on the other hand, looked completely out of sorts as they played catch-up hockey.The forwardline cut a sorry figure as they hardly created any chances which could be gauged from the fact that India failed to earn a single penalty corner in the entire 60 minutes. The defence, too, found it tough to keep check of the rampaging Belgium forwardline, who mounted relentless attacks on the Indian goal.With Belgium strikers on full press, India adopted a defence approach and relied more on counter attacks.Belgium had the first shot at goal in the 13th minute when a try by Dockier, their best player of the day, was saved by Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh.But India broke the deadlock in the final minute of the first quarter against the run of play through Akashdeep, who got a deft deflection to a Manpreet Singh pass inside the circle to go into the break on a high.Leading 1-0, India made a composed start in the second quarter and controlled the game for a brief period. In this small passage of time India created a two good scoring chances.In the 22nd minute, Ramandeeps perfect lob found SV Sunil on the left flank but his cross was just out of reach of Nikkin Thimmaiah.Sunil was again in the thick of action when his perfect cross found an unmarked Akashdeep inside the circle, but Akashdeeps reverse hit went just wide.One-and-a-half minutes from the end of the second quarter, Belgium had two chances to draw level. First, their captain John Dohmen was denied by Sreejesh and then 15 seconds from half time, they wasted a penalty corner as India went into the breather with a one-goal cushion.That was all India could manage in the match as thereafter it was all Belgium.Two minutes into the third quarter, Sreejesh made a brilliant save to deny Thomas Briels but minutes later, Belgium equalised when Dockier scored from the top of the circle after dribbling past three Indian defenders.If not for Sreejesh, India could have lost the match by a bigger margin as he came out of his line to again deny Dockier.Belgium then secured their second penalty corner late in the third quarter but once again Sreejesh came to Indias rescue to keep out Loick Luypaerts flick.But Belgiums relentless efforts bore fruit courtesy some sloppy defending by the Indians.The Indian defence got ample time but failed to cut Cedric Charliers cross from the left and Dockier was at the right place at the right time to deflect the ball in.Trailing, India pressed hard in the final quarter but failed to create an open chance. 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