Netherlands crush Leonas 4-0 in WC hockey semifinals
The Leonas lost today 4-0 against classic rivals the Netherlands in one of the semifinals of the Hockey World Cup played in The Hague, failing to defend the championship won in Rosario back in 2010.
The Dutch team dominated the game from the beginning, scoring early goals by Xan De Waard (10 minutes of the first half), Maartje Paumen (16 minutes of the first half), and Kim Lammers (22 minutes of the first half).
Lammers then scored again to stretch the difference at 69 minutes.
Argentina will now have to play against the United States for the bronze medal, after Australia beat the Americans 3-1 in shootout definition.
Luciana Aymar played for the Leonas in spite of a recent injury, but couldn’t improve Argentina’s play.
“It was very tough. They played a good game and we didn’t. We have to concentrate on our new rivals now,” said “Lucha” after the game.
“I trained hard to be able to play the World Cup, but I’m not 100% ok. I hope I can make it to the game against the US,” she added.
Meanwhile, the men’s team, the Leones, will play against Australia in their first World Cup semifinals tomorrow.
The other semifinal is Netherlands v England and the two losers play for third place on Sunday, prior to the final.