Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011
Auckland, New Zealand - December 3 - 11, 2011

NED V ESP ( Pool C ) Owen G Glenn Champions Trophy Auckland 2011

NED
1 - 3
ESP

Match Review NED - ESP 1-3

Spanish resurgence continues with triumph over Dutch
The Netherlands 1-3 Spain

Spain continued their remarkable return to form with a superb 3-1 win over The Netherlands to set up a mouth-watering meeting against Australia in the final of the Owen G Glenn FIH Champions Trophy. Goals from Edi Tubau, Roc Oliva and Gabriel Dabanch proved to be enough for a Spanish team that has come on leaps and bounds since their hugely disappointing 6th place finish at the EuroHockey Nations Championships last summer.

The result guaranteed Spain’s participation in the final even before New Zealand stepped onto the field against Australia as the Black Sticks could no longer get enough points to secure a top two finish in Pool C.

The Spaniards blasted out of the blocks at the start of the first half and took the lead inside two minutes when team captain Santi Freixa fed Edi Tubau who lashed home from a tight angle. Gabriel Dabanch almost made it two with a clever deflection but Netherlands goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann pulled off a fine save to keep the score to 1-0.

The Netherlands had some very good chances to equalise, with Roderick Weusthof coming the closest with a low penalty corner effort that was brilliantly cleared off the line by Spain defender Juan Fernandez.

Spain moved into a 2-0 lead in the 25th minute and again it was Santi Freixa who was the provider. Freixa’s perfectly weighted pass from midfield was beautifully finished by Roc Oliva, who touched the ball over Stockmann’s pads and into the goal.

The Netherlands pulled a goal back just before half time thanks to a field goal from Bob de Voogd, and the Dutch began the second half determined to grab an equaliser. They would surely have done so were it not for some high quality goalkeeping from Francisco Cortes, who made important saves from Rogier Hofman and Jeroen Hertzberger.   

The killer blow arrived in the 51st minute when Jose Carlos Ballbe worked his way into the circle from the right and set up the easiest of tap-ins for Jorge Dabanch to give Spain a 3-1 lead. The Netherlands rallied hard towards the end, but Spain defended their lead resolutely to confirm their place in the tournament final.  

  • Match 19
  • Date Sat, 10 Dec 2011
  • Time 16:05
  • Pool/Class Pool C
  • Venue

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