|August 8th, 2012|
|33||SF||3:30pm||NED - NZL||2 - 2 (1 - 1) (3 - 1 PS)||Final||x 3|
Joyce Sombroek pulled off three memorable penalty saves to set up Ellen Hoog to secure the Netherlands a third successive Olympic final berth at a tense Riverbank Arena. In doing so, they killed off the dreams of a New Zealand playing in their first ever semi-final, a side who have been one of the joys to watch during this campaign with their fast-paced, direct style.
It twice had them in the lead against the reigning champions as a Kayla Sharland corner and Krystal Forgesson nudged them in front. But Maartje Paumen finally found her scoring stick to level on both occasions, leading to extra-time and the ultimate penalty drama.
Only Stacey Michelsen could get past Sombroek while Naomi Van As, Eva de Goede and Hoog applied confident finishes to crush the kiwi dreams. Coming into the game, the odds were stacked against New Zealand. They had not beaten the Dutch in their last 17 tournament meetings while their three prior matches in the Olympics had all yielded Netherlands’ wins.
But the kiwis looked to send those statistics on their head with a stunning opening salvo. Gemma Flynn and Katie Glynn were combining well while Charlotte Harrison won the game’s first corner – on referral – in the eighth minute.
Kayla Sharland’s powerful sweep shot took a couple of little touches to sneak just inside the right post and the Dutch were rocked on their heels. In response, the orange-shirts probed down the right baseline regularly with Kelly Jonker twice denied by Bianca Russell with Naomi van As the instigator.
Similarly, Marilyn Agliotti’s shot was under-hit but they were scrappy, half chances while the black sticks were more direct in their counter-attacking philosophy. Sharland was the powerful dynamo in midfield, bullying her way forward. Glynn again was set through in the circle while Joyce Sombroek’s toe just denied an in-rushing Flynn.
Sitting so deep, though, invited the Dutch forward and Lidewij Welten worked their first penalty corner opportunity. Yet to score in the competition, Maartje Paumen had previously joked she was saving her goals for the final, but she delivered a game earlier, neatly exchanging passes with Maartje Goderie to beat the first runner. She duly scooped the ball over the logged Russell and the sides were level four minutes before half-time.
The second half kept up the same pulsating pace with Paumen dragging over her second corner while Ellen Hoog stung the base of Russell’s foot with an excellent reverse-stick effort. Twenty-one minutes from time, the kiwis were back in front. Flynn’s pass inside found Stacey Michelsen who picked out Krystal Forgesson all alone on the right. She picked the narrowest of angles at the near post to make it 2-1, finding a way past Sombroek.
It lasted only five minutes, though, as Paumen had a taste for goals. From a referred corner call, she fired a rocket to the roof of the goal. It was her 13th Olympic goal, equalling the all-time record held by Alyson Annan.
New Zealand rebounded, winning a series of corners of their own, ending normal time with seven to their name but no winner accrued while the best Dutch chances came from a Naomi Van As run and reverse while Welten was unable to get a touch to Paumen’s crash ball.
Extra-time swung end to end but neither side could make a meaningful impact. Paumen pushed the only corner of the period just wide while Flynn was in the suspension bin. It left everything riding on the all-or-nothing penalty competition and the Dutch experience told against the young up-and-comers.
Kim LAMMERS (NED)
On the match: "I think it was a great semi-final for the audience and for everybody. We didn't play well and therefore it was going to be a tough game for us. I think they defended very well and it was hard to get through that wall. We kept believing in our qualities and today Maartje Paumen was very important for the team and made two great (penalty) corners. I think overall it was quite even and finally the shoot-out had to decide the winner."
On playing the shoot-out in Netherlands before London 2012: "For us it was an advantage as we've already played a shoot-out in big tournaments, in finals. You can't train these nerves with this audience and pressure. That was an advantage for us today and finally we won."
On the shoot-out deciding the winner: "I almost had to puke over there. It's terrible. I used to take a stroke, I took a stroke in the semi-final during the world cup and that was fine but this (the shoot-out) is nothing for me. It's good to train but under this pressure and in this stadium, I'm very proud of the players."
On what they did not do well against New Zealand: "Normally we dance over the field and we use our creative players. Today, they defended very well and stopped our attacks. We had to run a lot and it was going this way, that way, this way, and we were getting tired. In that period we have to be tired and patient and just keep the ball going and passing, and more passing. We were running and running and running instead of playing and letting the ball roll."
Kayla SHARLAND (NZL)
On losing the match: "It's gutting to lose the match like that, it's really hard, but the Dutch are a quality side and the result today is what happens when you play the No.1 team. It was a really tough match but I think we surprised them. We both had a solid defence and it was a good game."
Gemma FLYNN (NZL)
On the team's performance: "It was a good effort but obviously we couldn't come away with the win at the end."
On the pressure of a shoot-out competition: "We were caught under pressure. We practised a lot and were confident going in, but it's a lot different in front of a crowd. It happens."
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:21 am||First women's semi-final between The Netherlands and New Zealand just about to start at the Riverbank Arena in London|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:21 am||Umpires for NED vs. NZL are Soledad IPARRAGUIRRE (ARG) and Julie ASHTON-LUCY (AUS)|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:21 am||Defending Olympic Champions The Netherlands qualified as top of Pool A with 5 straight wins|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:22 am||New Zealand qualified as 2nd of Pool B with 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:22 am||It is the first time that New Zealand reach the last four at the Olympic Games|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:23 am||Dutch Captain Maartje Paumen is honored before the match for her 150th international Cap|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:29 am||Warm atmosphere in the Riverbank Arena. About half the stadium is dressed in orange. The NZL fans will struggle to be heard.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:32 am||Eva de Goede goes down on the left wing; her cross is high in the circle.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:35 am||NZL have trouble getting out of their own half. NED are pressuring them very high.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:37 am||First dangerous attack by Gemma Flynn on the left wing. She finds Katie Glynn at the top of the circle but her last pass is high|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:38 am||NZL is calling a video-referral to claim a penalty-corner. Successful. PC for NZL|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:39 am||Kayla Sharland stuns the crowd with a low flick to open the scoring on the penalty-corner. NED-NZL: 0-1|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:42 am||Gemma Flynn finds Anita Punt on the right wing for a spectacular acceleration but she cannot cross the ball|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:44 am||The Dutch players are nervous and commit unusual unforced errors. NZL are certainly playing equal to them at this point.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:48 am||Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel (NED) shots from close range but Bianca Russell in NZL goal deflects in corner|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:50 am||Kitty van Male (NED) gets the ball in the circle a few meters from the GK but cannot turn quickly enough to shoot on goal|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:52 am||Hot scramble in front of Joyce Sombroek in the NED goal. 3 NZL players swing at the ball but it is finally saved by defenders|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:52 am||Still NED-NZL 0-1 after 20 minutes of play|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:54 am||NZL maintain a solid defensive structure. NED are so far at a loss to find a solution|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:57 am||Charlotte Harrison (NZL) is taken down while progressing in the circle. Penalty-corner for NZL|
|August 08th, 2012 at 9:59 am||Clarissa Eshuis' flick is too weak and the defense clear. Still NED-NZL 0-1 with 8 minutes to go in the period|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:00 am||Green card for Margot van Geffen (NED) for pushing the ball away after the whistle, although it was clearly unintentional|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:02 am||NED work laboriously their way in the circle and force a penalty-corner|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:04 am||After an option, the ball comes back to Maartje Paumen who flicks it high in goa. NED-NZL 1-1 with 3 minutes to go in 1st period|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:08 am||Half-time reached on a tied 1-1 score that reflect well the balance of play.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:16 am||Will The Netherlands be more inspired in 2nd half? Will New Zealand be able to surprise them again? Anything can happen!|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:22 am||The half-time talk seems to have been beneficial for the NED women, they are more entrepreneurial and force a penalty-corner.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:23 am||Maartje Paumen (NED) flicks far too high. Still NED-NZL 1-1|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:28 am||NZL defend well under pressure, limiting the chances for the NED forwards|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:30 am||Katie Glynn (NZL) is hit by a stick in defense and needs to leave the pitch...|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:34 am||Krystal Forgesson scores for NZL! NED-NZL 1-2 with 20 minutes to go!|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:35 am||Krystal Forgesson received the ball alone right of the circle from Stacey Michelsen who had fixed the whole Dutch defense.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:37 am||The Dutch are in unfamiliar territory: behind on the scoreboard and not finding collective solutions to break the NZL defense|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:39 am||Video-referral by the NED to claim a penalty-corner...|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:40 am||They were right. Penalty-corner for The Netherlands. Will Maartje Paumen be on target this time?|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:41 am||Top corner for Maartje Paumen! NED-NZL 2-2 with 16 minutes to go|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:42 am||The Dutch fans go wild. It seems that the other half of the crowd is rooting for New Zealand. Great atmosphere.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:44 am||Penalty-corner for NZL. Then a second one. Clarissa Eshuis thought that she had scored, but the ball did not cross the line.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:44 am||penalty-corner for The Netherlands at the other end!|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:45 am||Maartje Paumen tries to go around the runners but her shot is deflected high. Still NED-NZL 2-2 with 12 minutes to go|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:48 am||The Dutch players are nervous. Their passes are not arriving on target.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:49 am||Katie Glynn (NZL) is back on the pitch with a superb bandage around her head. She gets an ovation from the crowd|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:51 am||Naomi van As shoot just wide. Still NED-NZL 2-2 with now 7 minutes to go. Will we need overtime?|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:53 am||Lidewij Welten (NED) dives to deflect a long ball at the far post but it is also a few inches too wide.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:54 am||Penalty-corner for New Zealand! The Netherlands of course appeal to the video-umpire...|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:57 am||They were correct. The penalty-corner is called off.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:57 am||NED-NZL 2-2 with now 5 minutes to go|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:57 am||NZL earn another penalty-corner on the next play. No appeal this time.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 10:59 am||Katie Glynn's low flick is stopped but another penalty-corner is given to NZL|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:00 am||Direct hit, saved on the line by a defender but the ball was too high anyway. Still NED-NZL 2-2 with 2 minutes to go|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:01 am||NZL on the attack again!|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:02 am||Naomi van As, Ellen Hoog and Kitty van Male combine well but cannot enter the NZL circle.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:03 am||We have to go into overtime: two 7.5mn period, with Golden Goal.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:05 am||NZL, ranked 6th in the World Rankings, were not expected to give such a beautiful fight vs. NED, ranked #1|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:08 am||Overtime is under way. The Riverbank Arena is boiling, although the Dutch fans are a bit worried...|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:09 am||The 2 teams play cautiously. Anything can happen in an overtime situation...|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:12 am||The Dutch play more individually than usual. Possibly fearing an interception from the very fast New Zealanders?|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:14 am||Dangerous entry in the circle by Anita Punt (NZL) but she cannot shoot.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:16 am||First period of overtime over. Still NED-NZL 2-2. 7.5 more minutes and we could have a semi-final decided on strokes|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:17 am||Anita Punt received the ball in the circle but her back is to the goal and she is pushed away.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:17 am||Green card for Gemma Flynn (NZL)|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:18 am||Very balanced play so far in overtime. Neither team want to take a risk.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:18 am||Lidewij Welten is impeded when she is about to shoot. penalty-corner for The Netherlands.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:20 am||NED appeal to the video-umpire, claiming that it should have been a penalty-stroke as she was alone in front of the keeper.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:20 am||The penalty-corner stays.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:21 am||Maartje Paumen low flick is wide! Still NED-NZL 2-2 with now 4 minutes to go in overtime|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:22 am||Two chances for Cathryn Finlayson (NZL) but she cannot touch the crosses. Still 2-2!|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:24 am||One minute to go... NED-NZL 2-2|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:26 am||Play is over. We need to go to penalty-strokes to decide this first semi-final between The Netherlands and New Zealand|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:27 am||Sorry, they will be penalty SHOOT-OUTs, not penalty-strokes.|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:31 am||Naomi van As scores NED-NZL 1-0|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:32 am||Kayla Sharland (NZL) misses NED-NZL 1-0|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:33 am||Maartje Paumen takes too long to score NED-NZL 1-0|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:33 am||Stacey Michelsen (NZL) score 1-1|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:34 am||Eva de Goede scores NED-NZL 2-1|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:34 am||Gemma Flynn misses NED-NZL 2-1|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:35 am||Margot van Geffen misses NED-NZL 2-1|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:35 am||Anita Punt misses NED-NZL 2-1|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:36 am||Ellen Hoog scores, giving the win to The Netherlands 3-1 after a draw 2-2|
|August 08th, 2012 at 11:42 am||Standing ovation for New Zealand as they go around the stadium. The played brilliantly & deserve the cheers|