|August 9th, 2012|
|34||SF||8:00pm||NED - GBR||9 - 2 (4 - 1)||Final||x 2|
The Netherlands handed Great Britain one of the most painful defeats in recent memory, as they were thoroughly out-gunned in front of their home support. It was a breath-taking display as the interplay of Roderick Weusthof, Teun de Nooijer, Valentin Verga and Floris Evers was too hot to handle.
Billy Bakker and Weusthof were the chief profiteers, claiming a hat-trick each, while they also ran up four penalty corners from their five attempts. It was the biggest Olympic semi-final victory since India beat France 10-0 in 1936 and equalled GB’s biggest ever margin of defeat in the Olympic Games. It took little time to get into the action with Bakker and Kemperman firing pot shots inside the first three minutes.
Klaas Vermeulen was carried off with a nasty looking shoulder injury soon after before the Dutch hit the front in the seventh minute. Kemperman found a foot just ahead of de Nooijer who looked certain to score but Weusthof duly potted the corner. He got his and the Netherlands’ second from an off-kilter corner which was not stopped cleanly but was worked back to the striker who was unmarked and he slammed home off James Fair’s instep.
Ashley Jackson’s brilliant low drag-flick roused the crowd in the 19th minute and Barry Middleton’s touch to Matt Daly’s ball shaved the bar. But it was brief respite as the Dutch had the two-goal margin restored by Mink van der Weerden’s seventh goal in six games, another corner. And the fourth was hammer blow just before half-time. It was an intricate beauty of a goal as Verga took a free quickly on half-way and, via close-range passes in the circle between Weusthof and Rogier Hofman, Bakker walked in the ball.
Britain enjoyed their best spell just after the break, having two corners charged down by Hofman, Daly thrashed an effort wide and James Tindall was set clear. His composure was off, though, and could only find a Dutch stick. By contrast, the orange-shirts were calmness personified as Weusthof and de Nooijer waltzed down the baseline to lay up another Bakker goal that well and truly killed off the tie in the 45th minute, 5-1.
Bob de Voogd’s drive through Fair was tipped in by de Nooijer, Floris Evers got in on the act a minute later. Bakker bashed another in with 19 minutes to go and Weusthof’s third closed off their scoring before Rob Moore pulled one back with a nice tip-in to Glen Kirkham’s cross.
Paul van Ass was left with two major worries though as Vermuelen looks to have broken his collar bone while van der Weerden was taken to hospital for a scan on a foot injury. The Dutch will play Germany in the final while Great Britain will meet Australia for bronze.
Roderick WEUSTHOF (NED)
On whether it was the best atmosphere he has ever experienced: "Yes, you could say so. This has never happened to me before with the team. It was unbelievable. (It was) one big party. There was a lot of Dutch fans, but (many) as well from Great Britain. You couldn't hear each other in the match. It's unbelievable playing in this atmosphere. It's really nice."
On the importance of taking a 2-0 lead within 15 minutes: "It was really important because we know that Great Britain are capable to make goals out of corners or just hitting the ball into the D. They are really dangerous. Being 2-0 up in a short period was a great start. (It was) really important because then they had to come and they gave away much more space. For our game and team, that was really nice."
On playing in one of the biggest wins ever in Netherlands hockey: "This is a great thing. I was sitting on the bench with Teun de Nooijer and he said 'I have played a lot of semifinals, but it has never happened this big before, it is the first time ever, it is a part of history now'. It was unbelievable."
On the confidence they can take into the final against Germany: "I think we can have a lot of confidence from this game, but not just this game, even from the games before. I think we play our best games now for a few years so we have a lot of confidence. We have already beaten Germany before in the pool phase and we know we can do it because when we work like this and when we give each other the balls and believe in it, nobody can stop us."
Floris EVERS (NED) - captain
On the match: "I am really proud of our team. We kept on playing even when we were 4-1, I told them 'You have to play hockey and play, play, play'. We have to just continue to play the game. They (GBR) played very well, but they lost the last penalty corner and we scored and it was our day."
On the final against Germany: "Tomorrow when we wake up we will plan our match with Germany. Germany plays a different game from Great Britain. It will be a tough game. You can't compare this one. Tonight I want to enjoy."
Jason LEE (GBR) - coach
On the result: "We all very embarrased with the result, mostly the performance. Holland made the pitch very big for us so we had a lot of one-on-one battles and, in the end, we lost a lot of them. I think we were a little bit slack for a few of the goals, but when it got to 4-1 our intention was to try and get back and so we kept trying to attack and that opened us up and we got reckless far too early. At 3-1 and 4-1, we felt we still had a chance, but our game just got too sloppy."
On the team: "Seven years ago we were ranked 11th in the world. We had ambitions and we have acheived them (getting to 4th). I think I heard something like Holland have only missed one semifinal in over 30 years, so that's what we were up against. It's embarrassing to be on the wrong side of it (the result) tonight."
On what they will do to get the team ready for their bronze medal match (v Australia) on Saturday: "It's no easy challenge. We got the basics wrong tonight and that won't be easy to get back. The immediate reaction is to point fingers, but that's not going to help. Showing some fight is the closest we're going to get (to the medal), fight which we didn't show tonight."
Ben HAWES (GBR)
On the result and performance: "We've come up against a very good side today and not turned up. In any international sport if you don't turn up from the start you're up against it. There's no doubt we believed we could contend with Holland today, but too many of us didn't turn up, and there was too much looking at each other and no one taking responsibility."
"I think we showed some naivety at times and they just rolled past us and seemed to want it more. When we've got four or five guys overloading us and tapping in at the back post then there's something seriously wrong. It's difficult so quickly after the game to put your finger on it, but I think it's just really bitterly disappointing.
"We've worked so hard to get to this position and get ourselves in the semifinal for it to turn out like that. You get what you deserve in sport and today we didn't deserve anything. We've got to try and pick ourselves up again, the expectation, the crowd and everything has been brilliant and we've let ourselves down. We need to look in the mirror and take a look at ourselves and prepare for a tough game against Australia on Saturday."
On whether the team was nervous: "No definitely not. We actually started OK. I think, if anything, maybe we underestimated the occasion and Holland. We've had some good results against them recently and they've clearly been playing some good hockey, but there's not seven goals between us and them and that's what's so disappointing. I think we can all accept losing to better sides on the day, but to lose like that is what makes it just so bitterly disappointing."
|August 09th, 2012 at 1:47 pm||Second semi-final between The Netherlands and Great Britain just about to start at the Riverbank Arena in London!|
|August 09th, 2012 at 1:49 pm||Umpires for NED vs. GBR are Christian BLASCH (GER) and David GENTLES (AUS)|
|August 09th, 2012 at 1:51 pm||The Netherlands finished top of Pool B with 5 straight wins|
|August 09th, 2012 at 1:52 pm||Great Britain finished 2nd in Pool A with 2 wins and 3 draws|
|August 09th, 2012 at 1:53 pm||The Netherlands are 3rd in the World Rankings, Great Britain are 4th|
|August 09th, 2012 at 1:53 pm||The Netherlands last won Olympic gold in Sydney (2000), Great Britain in Seoul (1988)|
|August 09th, 2012 at 1:56 pm||Superb evening in London and red hot atmosphere in the Riverbank Arena!|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:01 pm||The Dutch fans are outnumbered by the British fans but still make a lot noise!|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:03 pm||Robbert Kemperman (NED) has the first dig on goal, just wide. The match starts at a very fast pace.|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:06 pm||Ben Hawes penetrates the Dutch circle but loses his balance before the shot. GBR claims a foul but to no avail. NED-GBR 0-0|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:08 pm||Klaas Vermeulen (NED) is hurt and needs to leave the pitch. It looks like a shoulder...|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:09 pm||James Fair in goal for Great Britain stops Valentin Verga arriving on his own.|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:10 pm||The Netherlands are completely dominating play. They earn a penalty-corner.|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:11 pm||Roderick Weusthof slots the ball high out of reach of Fair in goal. NED-GBR 1-0 after 10mn|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:15 pm||British defense concedes another penalty-corner on a reverse shot from Bob De Voogd (NED).|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:17 pm||The Netherlands cannot control the injection but the ball comes back in the circle and Roderick Weusthof slams it in goal.|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:18 pm||NED-GBR 2-0 after 15 minutes of play. GBR look seriously overwhelmed in this beginning of match.|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:18 pm||Harry Martin earns a penalty-corner for GBR|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:20 pm||Jackson! Ashley Jackson's low flick finds the back of the net to reduce the gap to one goal. NED-GBR 2-1|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:22 pm||Superb reaction from the Brits. Each of their actions generates an expecting roar from the crowd. A brass band is playing.|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:24 pm||Penalty-corner for NED scored this time by Mink Van Der Weerden. NED-GBR 3-1|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:26 pm||NED goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann dives in a goalmouth scramble to push the danger away|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:30 pm||Valentin Verga finds Roderick Weusthof in the circle. He turns but shoot just wide. NED-GBR 3-1 with 7 minutes left in period|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:31 pm||Two balls just went across the Dutch circle but no GBR player could put a stick on them|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:33 pm||Green card to Roderick Weusthof (NED)|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:36 pm||Breathtaking series of Dutch passes in the circle ending with Billy Bakker just having to push the ball in the empty net|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:36 pm||NED-GBR 4-1 with one minute to go in 1st period|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:39 pm||In 1st period, The Netherlands have completely overwhelmed Great Britain with their amazing pace and swift combinations.|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:41 pm||Great Britain had flashes of reaction, including on Jackson's goal, but seemed at a loss to find a solution to Dutch maelstrom|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:51 pm||Penalty-corner for GBR in 1st minute of period: flick by Jackson is countered by the runners. Another PC is given but appealed..|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:52 pm||Penalty-corner stands. The Dutch players keep arguing with the umpires. The crowd is booing loudly now.|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:54 pm||Penalty-corner id finally taken but Jackson's flick is again countered by Rogier Hofman on the run. NED-GBR still 4-1|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:57 pm||Jonty Clarke steals a ball from the Dutch defense and finds Matt Daly but his volley is high above goal|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:58 pm||James Tindall arrives alone in the circle but tries to find a partner on his left instead of shooting.|
|August 09th, 2012 at 2:59 pm||The Dutch defense is under considerable pressure in this 2nd period but manage to survive unscathed|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:02 pm||Billy Bakker scores his 2nd goal of the evening to push the score to 5-1 for The Netherlands|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:04 pm||Teun De Nooijer adds another goal. NED-GBR 6-1. The Dutch reaction to the brief British spell was violent.|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:05 pm||Floris Evers adds another one. NED-GBR 7-1 and there is still 22 minutes to go!|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:08 pm||Billy Bakker completes his hat-trick with 20 minutes left. NED-GBR 8-1|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:16 pm||Penalty-corner for The Netherlands. The British players don't seem to know where they are any more...|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:18 pm||Roderick Weusthof roofs the flick to complete his hattrick. NED-GBR 9-1 with 10 minutes to go|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:19 pm||British reaction: they earn a penalty-corner. A Dutch defender broke early and is sent to the middle.|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:20 pm||The Dutch runners counter Ashley Jackson again on the PC. They have figured him out now. NED-GBR 9-1|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:21 pm||Only Olympic semi-final with double digits was India vs. France, 10-0 in 1936|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:23 pm||Robert Moore scores for Great Britain, drawing a huge roar from the crowd. This match is totally crazy. NED-GBR 9-2|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:24 pm||Last Olympic Games match to see 11 goals was Korea vs. Egypt 11-0 in 2004|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:25 pm||Another penalty-corner for Roderick Weusthof but James Fair saves it in style|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:26 pm||Green card for Iain Lewers (GBR)|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:28 pm||Phenomenal win for The Netherlands. They destroy Great Britain 9-2 to advance to the Olympic Final on Saturday.|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:29 pm||Great Britain will play against Australia for the Bronze Medal|
|August 09th, 2012 at 3:30 pm||This was the highest scoring Olympic 1/2 final ever with 11 goals|