|June 23rd, 2013|
|23||3-4 Placement||12:00pm||NZL - NED||1 - 4 (1 - 1)||Final|
Jeroen Hertzberger’s double helped the Netherlands land third place from the World League semi-final in Rotterdam, leaving New Zealand having to wait and see whether they will be confirmed as a 2014 World Cup qualifier.
It was primarily down to a controlled second half performance to see off the Blacksticks who had taken the game to the hosts in the early phases. Against the run of play, New Zealand hit the front as Phil Burrows burst through down the right channel and picked out the narrowest of gaps by Pirmin Blaak’s left boot, taking a 1-0 lead in the 13th minute.
That advantage, though, lasted just five minutes as Rogier Hofman’s excellent baseline run opened the door and he fired across for Jeroen Hertzberger to touch in his tenth goal of the tournament. It remained locked at 1-1 until the break as Billy Bakker’s rising shot was brilliantly saved by Hamish McGregor just a couple of seconds before the interval.
But the Dutch took control in the second period as Hertzberger netted his second of the game with a powerful drag-flick soon in the 39th minute. Valentin Verga’s left wing cross-shot from a tight angle then deceived all before him with defender Stephen Jenness getting a slight touch to redirect the ball into the goal.
From there, New Zealand battled hard with a couple of near misses in the closing quarter but the Dutch rounded off proceedings in the closing minutes when Jelle Galema swept home after Hofman again created the chance down the right.
|June 23rd, 2013 at 5:07 am||NED: New Zealand and the Netherlands have just tipped off in the third place playoff game here in Rotterdam|
|June 23rd, 2013 at 5:07 am||NED: A win for the Blacksticks will qualify them for the 2014 World Cup, the Dutch are already qualified as hosts|
|June 23rd, 2013 at 5:19 am||NED: Burrows makes it 1-0 to New Zealand against the Netherlands in the third place playoff, finding the narrowest gaps at right post|
|June 23rd, 2013 at 5:24 am||NED: Hertzberger makes it 1-1 after Hofman's excellent run down the right wing; Netherlands 1 New Zealand 1 in the third place playoff|
|June 23rd, 2013 at 5:26 am||NED: That was Hertzberger's tenth goal of the tournament so far, the current top scorer, NED 1 NZL 1 after 21mins|
|June 23rd, 2013 at 5:42 am||NED: Bakker goes very close to giving his side a half-time lead but McGregor makes a great save, NZ 1 NL 1, half-time|
|June 23rd, 2013 at 5:57 am||NED: Hertzberger gets another, this time with a drag flick, to make it Netherlands 2 New Zealand 1, 39mins gone|
|June 23rd, 2013 at 6:11 am||NED: the Netherlands move closer to third place with Verga's backhand from a narrow angle skidding in, NED 3 NZ 1|
|June 23rd, 2013 at 6:31 am||NED: Galema makes it 4-1 to the Dutch with a minute to go, third place assured with New Zealand set for fourth|
|June 23rd, 2013 at 6:35 am||NED: That 4-1 win for the Netherlands means New Zealand will have to wait to see if they make the 2014 World Cup as a lucky loser|