|December 4th, 2012|
|10||Pool B||3:30pm||BEL - NED||4 - 5 (0 - 3)||Final||x 4|
Belgium – Netherlands 4-5 (0-3 halftime)
The Netherlands and Belgium are familiar foes back home on European soil, but today they found themselves half a world away in a wild west shootout as the Dutch hung on for a 5-4 win against Champions Trophy newcomer Belgium. The game was normal enough until a 15-minute span late in the first half and at the start of the second half that saw seven combined goals scored.
It was clear from the first whistle that the Dutch were on a mission to keep their hopes to win Pool B as they dominated the action throughout the first half. But they had to be patient with their attack and wait out Belgium before getting on the scoreboard.
The patience paid off with 10 minutes left in the half when the Dutch fired in three goals to completely change the face of the game in the blink of an eye. Jeroen Herzberger easily flicked in a penalty corner in the 25th minute. Quirijn Caspers doubled the lead four minutes later and Tim Jenniskins struck with another penalty corner after time expired for the convincing 3-0 lead at the break.
Tom Boon woke up the Belgians in the second half, netting two goals in the first four minutes to cut into the Dutch lead. Boon’s first goal came on the first trip down field just 30 seconds into action and followed up with a penalty corner goal three minutes later to change the face of the game.
The Netherlands replied in kind when Gauthier Boccard scored the quick 4-2 goal, but again Belgium had the answer with yet another penalty corner goal, this one coming from Alexander Hendrickx. In total, four goals were scored in the first six minutes of the half. The teams exhcnaged goals in the last two minutes of the games. The Dutch scored on a penatly stroke from Valentin Verga and Belgium replied with a penatly corner just as time expired to bring the final to 5-4.
The win keeps the Netherlands in the hunt for first place in Pool B, while Belgium is still looking for its first-ever Champions Trophy point with three losses in three outings. The loss locks the Belgians into fourth place in Pool B. They will face the winner of Pool A in Thursday’s quarterfinal.
|December 03rd, 2012 at 10:34 pm||Neighbors Belgium and the Netherlands have traveled half way around the world to meet in the next game|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 11:03 pm||Herzberger scores on a Dutch pc to give his team a 1-0 lead with 10 to go in the half.|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 11:08 pm||Quirijn Caspers doubles the lead with a well-timed field goal with six to go in the half|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 11:14 pm||At the half, the Dutch take a 3-0 lead with a pc goal that goes in off the rebound with time expired.|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 11:24 pm||Tom Boon wakes up Belgium to open the second half. He scores on the first trip down field 30 seconds in.|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 11:27 pm||Boon strikes again and we have an entirely new game on our hands as the Dutch lead is now a slim 3-2.|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 11:29 pm||The Dutch find the answer to Boon when Gauthier Boccard makes it 4-2. It's a wild west shootout here in in the 2nd half|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 11:31 pm||Another minute, another goal....Belgium is back within striking distance after Alexander Hendrickx scores on the pc 4-3|
|December 03rd, 2012 at 11:56 pm||Five minutes to go - Belgium pressing, but the Dutch are holding onto their 4-3 lead.|
|December 04th, 2012 at 12:06 am||The teams exchange late goals to bring the final to a 5-4 win for the Dutch. In 25 minutes its GER v. IND|