|August 5th, 2012|
|22||Pool B||4:00pm||NED - GER||3 - 1 (1 - 1)||Final||x 2|
Netherlands v. Germany 3-1 (half-time: 1-1)
A berth in the semi-finals was on the line in the meeting between the two European giants, Germany and the Netherlands and it was the Dutch that claimed the first semi-final spot in the men’s tournament with a 3-1 win. It seemed only fitting that the man scoring the key go-ahead goal was veteran Teun de Nooijer, who was celebrating his 450th cap in front of the Dutch Royal family members Prince Willem and his wife Maxima.
The win guarantees the Dutch their seventh-consecutive top four finish and puts the defending Olympic champion, Germany, in peril of not cracking into the semi-finals. The Germans need to pick up at least one point in their game on Tuesday against New Zealand or hope for a Korean loss to make the playoffs.
Germany took the lead just two minutes into action on its first penalty corner chance. Christopher Zeller easily hit the mark on the chance to give the Germans the early 1-0 advantage, it would be the last that they would hold the advantage as the Dutch sparked back to life and never looked back. The lead lasted for just over 10 minutes when Bob de Voogd scooped up a rebound and fired in the second-chance shot to tie the game at one.
de Nooijer’s go-ahead goal came just moments into the second half as he was waiting by the far post for a spot on pass and gave the Dutch the 2-1 lead and more importantly the momentum to open the half, The Netherlands quickly built on their lead when Mink van der Weerden went top shelf on a penalty corner to open up a 3-1 lead.
The pace was fast and furious in the second half as the teams treated the sold out Riverbank Arena to end-to-end action. Germany did it’s best to climb back into the game, but the two-goal lead was too much to overcome as the Netherlands booked their semi-final ticket.
Germany closes its preliminary round action with the last game of the day on Tuesday against New Zealand, while the Netherlands will take on Korea in what are the two essential games for the semi-final picture in Group B
On how he is still able to compete at an international level:
"There is a lot of speed in the game of course, I always have some speed in my game so that's maybe why I am still there. I still hope to be among the guys but of course I have to stretch everything out of my body and push everything out of my body. This will be my last tournament. I have one more year with my club. I have my own company and I need to spend more time there than the last year."
Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange (NED)
On today's Netherlands game:
"I think it was a beautiful game. Having Teun DE NOOIJER (NED) playing his 450th international match and scoring a goal in it is just incredible. It was a beautiful field goal. I think they have exceeded expectations, their own ones but also from everybody else."
On the Netherlands qualifying for the semifinals:
"They would have qualified for the semifinals by a draw, too, but they decided to really go for it and in my opinion, that is very sportive. Also, they surely don't want to face Australia in the semifinals. Maybe they had hoped to just make it to the semifinals, but now that they can avoid to face Australia, it is good that they decided to do that."
Maximilian MUELLER (GER)
On the team's performance:
"It was a weak performance. We had no chances to put pressure on the Dutch defence, and our own defence was very weak today."
On their next match (against New Zealand) and attempting to qualify from the pool:
"New Zealand are a tough team, with physical and strong players. It will be rough and a hard match for us. We will have to work hard in our defence and our penalty corners. After the game we will see where we stand and hope we are in the semifinals."
Christopher ZELLER (GER)
On today's loss to Netherlands:
"I am very disappointed but we were just not good enough today in our defence. We wanted the win but they (NED) deserved to win today, we did not."
|August 05th, 2012 at 9:52 am||Match between The Netherlands and Germany just about to start at the Riverbank Arena in London|
|August 05th, 2012 at 9:53 am||Umpires for NED vs. GER are David GENTLES (AUS) and Ged CURRAN (GBR)|
|August 05th, 2012 at 9:54 am||The Netherlands have won all their matches against India (3-2), Belgium (3-1) and New Zealand (5-1)|
|August 05th, 2012 at 9:55 am||Germany have also won all their matches against Belgium (2-1), Korea (1-0) and India (5-2)|
|August 05th, 2012 at 9:59 am||Teun De Nooijer is playing today his 450th international match for The Netherlands, an incredible achievement|
|August 05th, 2012 at 10:04 am||Germany takes the lead just two minutes into action. Christopher Zeller scores on the pc|
|August 05th, 2012 at 10:15 am||The Dutch tie thing ups when Bob de Voogd scoops up a rebound and fires it in. Score now 1-1 15 minutes into action|
|August 05th, 2012 at 10:32 am||Things are pretty even. Both teams have some good chances, but looks like we'll go into the break deadlocked at one|
|August 05th, 2012 at 10:35 am||And at the half the teams go in tied at one. Both teams have nine points, if things stay as is, both are into the semis.|
|August 05th, 2012 at 10:47 am||Incredible! Teun De Nooijer scores to celebrate in style his 450th Cap. NED-GER: 2-1|
|August 05th, 2012 at 10:56 am||The Dutch pull into pole position when Mink van der Weerden nails a top corner goal on a pc chance. Still 30 minutes to go|
|August 05th, 2012 at 11:20 am||Amazing action from both teams, but the Dutch continue to hold the 3-1 advantage|
|August 05th, 2012 at 11:22 am||Dutch goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann is definitely earning his keep in the last few minutes of the game. Still 3-1|
|August 05th, 2012 at 11:24 am||The Dutch take the 3-1 win v Germany and earn a spot in the semi-finals, joining the women's team that did the same yesterday|