|March 3rd, 2010|
|12||Pool A||8:30pm||NZL - NED||1 - 3 (1 - 3)||Final|
The last match of the day between New Zealand and The Netherlands started with a bang! Black Sticks Captain Phillip BURROWS sneaked in the Dutch defense to deflect the ball in goal in the first minute of play and shortly after Ronald BROUWER was on hand to pick up the rebound after a reverse stick shot by Teun DE NOOIJER was stopped by Kyle PONTIFEX. Two goals in less than two minutes. The avalanche continued a few minutes later when Taeke TAEKEMA made no mistake to score his forth penalty-corner of the competition.
The game kept going on the same high tempo, with action at both ends of the pitch and chances for The Netherlands on penalty-corners and a golden opportunity for Nicholas WILSON in front of Guus VOGELS, but the Dutch keeper held his ground firmly. Jeroen HERTZBERGER increased the lead in the 27th minute with an instant shot from the top of the circle that seemed to surprise Kyle PONTIFEX. New Zealand scrambled a chance to reduce the gap on a penalty-corner and half-time was reached with two-goal lead for The Netherlands.
Teun DE NOOIJER forced a penalty-corner early in second period but it was superbly saved by the Black Sticks defense. At the other end, designated drag flicker Andrew HAYWARD, who was so efficient at the World Cup Qualifier in Invercargill (7 PC goals), was firing blanks tonight and the danger came once again from Phillip BURROWS who propelled a missile on the post so hard that the rebound hit and injured his teammate Nicholas WILSON.
Despite some hot situations at both ends, no goal was scored in this period and The Netherlands joined England as the only teams in the competition with maximum points (two wins).
Match facts (New Zealand v. Netherlands):
> The Netherlands join England as the only team to have won maximum points from their first two matches.
> With only one goal conceded, the Dutch have allowed least goals so far at Delhi 2010.
> Taeke Taekema converted one of five penalty corners in this match to lift his Delhi 2010 PC tally to 4. This brings him to the top of the goals scorer list.
> Only 2 minutes into the match, both teams had already scored a goal.
> The last time two teams scored one goal each within 10 minutes from the start of the match, was in the 2002 semi-final Germany-Korea (3-2), when the score was 1-1 after 7 minutes.
> Ronald Brouwer (NED) scored his 4th WC goal and his first in 2010.
> Dutch side Rotterdam saw two of their players score in this match: Phillip Burrows (NZL) and Jeroen Hertzberger (NED).