|December 8th, 2012|
|20||Semi-Final||1:30pm||PAK - NED||2 - 5 (1 - 3)||Final||x 196|
Pakistan – The Netherlands 2-5 (1-3 halftime)
Third-ranked Netherlands earned its first spot in a Champions Trophy final game since 2006 after they topped Pakistan 5-1 in today’s first semi-final game in Melbourne. The victory guarantees the Netherlands their third consecutive medal at the Champions Trophy.
The Dutch wasted no time getting onto the board when Billy Bakker went-end-to-end just 1:30 into the game to give his team the quick advantage. The lead doubled when the swam of orange jerseys was camped in the Pakistan D as Seve van Ass took advantage of situation and made it 2-0 with 15 left in the half.
Pakistan scored three minutes later on what was officially an own goal from the Netherlands, but given enough time, Shakeel Abassi might have put in the marker himself on the play. Bakker netted a second goal with three minutes left in the half on a solo effort from the top of the circle to give the Netherlands some breathing room at the break with a two-goal advantage.
The second half was big on action, but short on goals. Valetnin Verga, who left early in the first half after a collision, returned in grand style to sink the 4-1 goal 10 minutes into the half. From there, the Dutch knew they had things well in hand and even replaced #1 goalie Jaap Stockmann with back-up Pirmin Blaak. Late goals on each side brought the final score to 5-2.
The Dutch will go for their ninth Champions Trophy gold medal tomorrow and their 22nd overall. The last time the Netherlands won the gold medal at the Champions Trophy was 2006, which was also their last appearance in the final game. For Pakistan, the loss still has a silver lining as they can go for their first medal at a Champions Trophy since 2004.
|December 07th, 2012 at 8:39 pm||The Dutch and Pakistan are on the field and ready for the first whistle. Winner goes into the final game!|
|December 07th, 2012 at 8:39 pm||Just 1:30 into the game and the Dutch take the 1-0 lead when Billy Bakker goes end-to-end|
|December 07th, 2012 at 8:56 pm||The first half is halfway gone and the Netherlands still holds a slim 1-0 lead over Pakistan|
|December 07th, 2012 at 8:59 pm||The dutch have numbers in the Pakistan D and take advantage to double the lead van Ass with the goal|
|December 07th, 2012 at 9:02 pm||Pakistan is on the board -- officially an own goal, but Abassi might have been able to score without the Dutch help. 2-1|
|December 07th, 2012 at 9:07 pm||both goalies really being kept on their toes as there's no shortage of chances on both ends. Seven left in the half|
|December 07th, 2012 at 9:10 pm||Bakker a one man show from the top of the D with a reverse shot. His second goal of the game makes it 3-1|
|December 07th, 2012 at 9:14 pm||Holland takes the 3-1 lead into the break, but this one is up for grabs with both teams generating a lof of scoring chances|
|December 07th, 2012 at 9:15 pm||Hey fans, you have 10 minutes to check out the FIH Facebook page (FIHockey) or watch the highlights from the early games!|
|December 07th, 2012 at 9:39 pm||After bonking heads in the first two minutes of the game Verga comes back in style, scoring the 4-1 goal for NED|
|December 07th, 2012 at 9:49 pm||15 minutes left and Dutch with a comfortable 4-1 lead. Pakistan needs a quick goal to keep their final hopes alive|
|December 07th, 2012 at 9:54 pm||The Dutch give Stockmann a break from the 35 degree heat. Up 4-1 Blaack comes into the game with 10 to go|
|December 07th, 2012 at 9:56 pm||The Netherlands pull ahead even further. Score now 5-1 with 8 to go. Biggest lead for any team at this year's CT|
|December 07th, 2012 at 10:06 pm||Abassi puts in a goal for PAK in the last 10 seconds, but the Dutch book their ticket in the final game with a 5-2 win|