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Field hockey — World cup

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Dutch walk to another win

By Eric Weil / For The Herald
THE HAGUE — Netherlands women walked to another easy win, beating Belgium 4-0 yesterday to share the lead with Australia which beat Japan 3-2.

Ellen Hoog put the Dutch ahead after five minutes . They dominated much more and got into the circle 14 times with chances against Belgium’s seven, but usually with one player who had no goal chance. The Belgian defence was good and gave no penalty corners away while they forced the only first half penalty corner, but it was badly stopped.

The Belgians combined well and their defence held out until just before half-time when Marloes Keetels netted a field goal to make it 2-0 at the break. But the second half was played almost entirely in Belgium’s half and the Dutch finished with 36 circle entries to 17. Netherlands forced five penalty corners, but the dangerous Maartje Paumen did not net any. However, she converted a penalty stroke after 44 minutes, while five minutes later Roos Dros made it 4-0 following play after a penalty corner.

Simon Mentell converted a penalty corner with just over a minute to go for England men to beat India 2-1 and retain a semifinal chance with four points from two games. India, on the other hand, having lost both opening games, have little chance. It was England’s fourth penalty corner to three. Earlier, India looked better in the first half with better technique and more goal chances, but Mark Gleghorne put England ahead with a penalty corner after 27 minutes. India immediately replied two minutes later with Dharamvier Singh equalizing with a field goal. The second half produced continual up-and-down play with India having a little more of the ball and they were getting on top in the final minutes when England broke away to force that winning penalty.

Surprising Belgium ran up six goals against two by Malaysia which looks like the weakest team in the men’s competition. Belgium share the lead in group A also with Australia who easily beat Spain 3-0.

Today, Argentina’s men play Germany and immediately after the women face the much improved US which, it should be remembered, beat them in the Pan-American Games in 2011.

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