London 2012 Hockey: Netherlands reach semi-final

Updated: 06 August 2012 02:25 IST

The Netherlands team joined their women's counterparts as semi-finalists in the Olympic hockey tournament on Sunday by beating Germany 3-1 in their fourth pool match at the Riverside Arena.

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The Netherlands team joined their women's counterparts as semi-finalists in the Olympic hockey tournament on Sunday by beating Germany 3-1 in their fourth pool match at the Riverside Arena.

A draw between the great European rivals would have seen both teams through to the last four but Germany will now have to get a point from their fifth and last pool match on Tuesday.

Germany made a great start against the Dutch.

Christopher Zeller converted a penalty corner inside three minutes but Bob de Voogd popped in a rebound in the 14th minute and the teams turned round level at 1-1.

The second half started as dramatically as the first half with stalwart Teun de Nooijer setting up and scoring in the first minute.

De Nooijer was making his 450th appearance for the Dutch, a world record while his goal was his 218th.

When Mink van der Weerden found a top corner of the German goal with a corner flick in the 41st minute, the Dutch could concentrate on maintaining their two-goal advantage.

The Dutch men who lost to Germany on penalties in the 2008 Beijing semi-finals have qualified for the semi-finals in every Olympics since the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

Germany would have reached the last four if South Korea had failed to beat India.

As it was the Koreans were much superior to the Indians at finishing and won 4-1.

They now have six points and are three points behind second-placed Germany. Korea has yet to play Netherlands.

Nam Hyun-Woo converted two late penalty corners for the Koreans against the eight-time champions.

India's defeat left them bottom of group B without a point and they are now condemned to the 11/12th place match, a far cry from their halcyon days.

Pakistan stepped back into contention for a semi-final place in group A with a nail-biting 5-4 win over South Africa.

It took Pakistan's points tally to seven from their four matches.

World champions Australia and hosts Great Britain are also on seven points, but are scheduled to play each other later in the day.

Two goals in the last six minutes enabled Pakistan to claim the spoils in a nine goal thriller.

Pakistan captain Sohail Abbas converted a penalty corner in the 64th minute. That was followed by a rare field goal by Waseem Ahmed, three minutes from the hooter.

Topics : Hockey Hockey India League Olympics 2012 Germany Mexico Netherlands Canada Belarus France Portugal
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