A young Indian men’s hockey team lost 0-1 to hosts Belgium in their opening game of the five-match tour of Europe.
After both the teams failed to break the deadlock in the first three quarters, India conceded the solitary goal in the dying minutes of the fourth and final quarter. Tom Boon scored the all important goal for the hosts in the 60th minute.
India fielded as many as six uncapped players for the tour with Manpreet Singh as skipper and Chinglensana Singh as his deputy. Some of the key players who featured in the World League Semifinal have been rested.
India will play their second game of the tour also against Belgium later today.
During the Europe tour, India will also play matches against the Netherlands and Austria.