Legendary Teun de NOOIJER played his 450th international game and scored the game-winning goal (2nd Dutch goal of match) to give a 3-1 win over defending champions Germany to take his team to 7th consecutive semi-final of the Olympics. Chritopher ZELLER opened the account on the score sheet by converting a Penalty Corner for the defending champions in 3rd minute. de VOOGD Bob scored a field to draw parity 1-1.
The legendary Teun de NOOIJER scored in the opening minute of 2nd half to make it 2-1 in favor of the Dutch and 5 minutes later van der WEERDEN Mink scored on PC to double the lead for Netherlands. Germany’s effort to make an impact and score goal to reduce margin fell short and Netherlands won it 3-1 to reach semi-finals, while Germany will be in top four if Netherland do not lose to Korea.
Later in the evening, backed by home crowd the Great Britain Men’s Hockey team staged one of the biggest turn around in London 2012. The hosts Great Britain came from behind (0-2 trailing at half-time and 0-3 till 46th minute) to hold world champions Australia 3-3 to split the points. While Pakistan and Spain defeated South Africa (5-4) and Argentina (3-1) to wide open the Pool A for semi-finals. Now the matches of Australia vs Pakistan and Spain vs Great Britain are like quarterfinals, winner will be through to semi-final. In case of a draw or two the situation could be different.
In the roller coaster match, Pakistan and South Africa alternated, 1st one goal each and then 2 goals each and went on 0-1, 1-1, 1-2, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 4-4 and 5-4 in favor of Pakistan. A brace from Abdul Haseem KHAN (20”-FG and 25”-FG) and a goal each from Shafqat RASOOL (23”-FG), Sohail ABBAS (64”-PC) and Waseem AHMAD (67”-FG) helped Pakistan to overcome stiff South African challenge. Apart from a brace from Justin RIED-ROSS (22”-PC and 35”+ PC), Thornton McDADE (2”-FG) and Wade Paton (38”-FG) scored for the Africans.
The Spanish hit the target thrice in last 5 minutes of the game to win it 3-1 against Argentina in a must win match for the Silver Medalists from Beijing. Lucas VILLA broke the deadlock in 55th minute, but the Spanish team replied in style. Pau QUEMADA (66”), Miguel DELAS(66”) and Eduard TUBAU (70”) scored one each for the injury affected Spanish team to keep them in the race for a place in the semi final.
In Pool B, Belgium and Black Sticks drew (1-1) to miss out of semi final, while Korea defeated India 4-1 to keep their chances of playing semi-finals alive as India was sure of playing to avoid the wooden spoon irrespective of the result of their last match against Spain on Tuesday.
Points Tables after 4 days of MEN’s Hockey Competition at London 2012:
|2 Great Britain||8||4||2||2||0||13||7||6|
|6 South Africa||1||4||0||1||3||8||16||-8|
|5 New Zealand||4||4||1||1||2||5||9||-4|