|August 21st, 2008|
|M33||Semifinal||6:00pm||NED - GER||1 - 1 (0 - 0) (3 - 4 PS)||Final|
Semi-final: Netherlands v Germany
> Netherlands and Germany have run into each other 34 times in intercontinental competition. Germany have won 12 times, whereas Holland have triumphed 11 times. Eleven encounters were drawn.
> Germany have not beaten Netherlands in intercontinental competitions since edging the Dutch 4-3 in the 2004 Champions Trophy.
> In this year's Champions Trophy in Rotterdam, Holland overcame an early 2-0 deficit to beat the Germans 5-3.
> This is a replay of the 1936, 1996 and 2004 Olympic semifinals. In Berlin in 1936, Germany won 3-0. Oranje defeated Germany 3-1 in Atlanta in 1996 and by 3-2 in Athens in 2004.
> In the latter match, Taeke Taekema, Marten Eikelboom and Teun de Nooijer netted for Holland, whilst Matthias Witthaus and Christoph Bechmann were on target for Germany.
> Netherlands have won an Olympic gold medal twice, in 1996 and 2000. Germany were crowned Olympic champions in 1972 and 1992.
> Holland and Germany join Australia as the only nations that negotiated the group stage in Beijing with their undefeated status intact.
> This match involves two coaches who have won an Olympic gold medal. Roelant Oltmans led the Dutch men to the Olympic crown in 1996, whereas Markus Weise engineered the golden campaign of the German women in 2004.
> Holland's Taeke Taekema is the tournament top scorer on 10 goals. He has netted nine times from penalty corners and once via a penalty stroke.
> Taekema has scored at least once in each of Holland's five matches.
> Florian Keller leads German goalscorers in Beijing with three goals so far.
> Netherlands have converted 10 of 28 penalty corner attempts. Their success rate of 36% is well above the tournament average of 24%.
> Germany's penalty corner conversion rate in the group phase was 3-for-20 (15%).