|December 6th, 2012|
|16||Quarterfinal||3:00pm||NED - NZL||2 - 0 (1 - 0)||Final||x 10|
Netherlands – New Zealand 2-0 (1-0 halftime)
After watching fellow European nation Germany fall in the quarterfinals, the Netherlands left nothing to chance, earning a 2-0 win against New Zealand and securing a spot in Saturday’s semi-finals. The victory means that the Dutch will go for their third-consecutive medal at the Champions Trophy and will finish in the top-four for the 25th consecutive time at the annual event.
The Netherlands was the clear favorite entering the game as the top seed out of Pool B and having only lost once in Champions Trophy history against New Zealand. Both teams made the Champions Trophy semi-finals last year as the game was a replay of the 2011 Champions Trophy bronze medal game, which the Netherlands won,
Jeroen Hertzberger gave the Dutch the 1-0 lead 13 minutes into the game when his flick easily found the back of the net on the second Netherlands penalty corner chance of the game. The teams went back and forth for the rest of the half with neither having any scoring success as the 1-0 lead endured.
The second half was much of the same until Billy Bakker finished a good breakout play to net the critical 2-0 goal. The marker gave the top-seeded Dutch some much-needed breathing room against the pesky and persistent fourth-seeded Black Sticks. After the goal, the Dutch played a game of cat and mouse, allowing New Zealand very few chances to get close to the net.
The Dutch have won bronze at the previous two editions of the Champions Trophy and have earned 21 total medals at the event. The third-ranked team in the FIH World Ranking has not played in the finals at the Champions Trophy since 2006, something they will look to remedy in Saturday’s semi-final against Pakistan. The last time Pakistan played in the final game was 1998.
|December 05th, 2012 at 9:52 pm||We're just 15 minutes from the start of the second QF. The Dutch face New Zealand. Both teams are warming up|
|December 05th, 2012 at 10:07 pm||One minute into the game and the Black Sticks have their first pc chance|
|December 05th, 2012 at 10:08 pm||The winner of this game between NED and NZL will meet Pakistan in Saturday's semi-final game|
|December 05th, 2012 at 10:18 pm||Herzberger gives the Dutch a 1-0 lead with 22 left in the half with a clear strike on a pc.|
|December 05th, 2012 at 10:41 pm||The Dutch take a slim 1-0 against NZ into the half. Winner will face Pakistan in the semi-finals, still a wide open game|
|December 05th, 2012 at 10:53 pm||Second half is underway with the Netherlands holding a very small 1-0 lead against New Zealand in QF #2|
|December 05th, 2012 at 11:01 pm||Billy Bakker puts in the crucial 2-0 goal with 25 minutes to go after a nice diving feed.|
|December 05th, 2012 at 11:13 pm||The men in orange are 12 minutes away from earning a semi-final spot against the Green Shirts. Still 2-0 v. NZL|
|December 05th, 2012 at 11:28 pm||The Dutch put on a solid show and become the second team to make it to the SF with 2-0 win. It's NED v. PAK on Saturday|