Argentina Hockey World League Final: Netherlands & England winners on Day 3
The Netherlands have topped Pool A at the Argentina Hockey World League Final in Tucuman thanks to a 3-1 win over Korea. Meanwhile, England sealed second place in the Pool by beating Germany by the same score-line.
Korea and Germany finished the pool phase with one point apiece, with Korea taking third place ahead of the European champions courtesy of a superior goal difference.
More information about the matches can be found below.
Match 9: Dazzling Dutch defeat Korea to top Pool AReigning Olympic champions the Netherlands have finished top of Pool A courtesy of a superb 3-1 victory over Korea. Two open play goals from Lidewij Welten either side of a penalty corner from Kitty van Male helped the Europeans maintain their 100% winning streak at the Argentina Hockey World League Final in San Miguel de Tucuman.
The Netherlands were simply sensational in the first twenty minutes of the match, overwhelming their Asian opponents with some truly devastating attacking hockey.
The Europeans carved out a 2-0 lead inside the opening five minutes, with Lidewij Welten drilling a strike through the legs of Korea keeper Jang Soo Ji before Kitty van Male slammed home a penalty corner rebound to leave the Asian giants shell-shocked.
Welten claimed her second of the game with a perfectly angled deflection in the 16th minute, a score-line which more than reflected the one-sided nature of the contest. The Dutch could easily have gone into half time with five or six goals on the score-board, while Netherlands keeper Joyce Sombroek was rarely tested.
Korea made a much brighter start to the second half and began to put the Dutch defence under serious pressure. Korea attacker Cheon Eunbi forced Sombroek into action with a backhand strike, but The Netherlands remained in firm control and could easily have added to their tally with a blocked penalty corner effort from Oranje captain Maartje Paumen and two fine efforts from the lively Ellen Hoog.
Korea pulled a goal back seven minutes from the end when Cheon Eun Bi brilliantly controlled a raised pass before dispatching her shot into the bottom right corner. The Koreans rallied hard in the dying stages, but a Dutch win was never in serious doubt.
Match 10: Danson double sinks Germany
England recovered from a goal down to claim a win for the second time in the tournament, claiming a 3-1 win against European rivals Germany. Striker Alex Danson scored twice to help her team seal second place in Pool A.
Both teams got their names on the score-sheet in an evenly contest first half. Germany were the first to strike, with Eileen Hoffmann touching home a 17th minute opener following a loose pass from captain Kate Richardson-Walsh, who was playing her 200th international match for England.
England needed less than a minute to find an equaliser, with Alex Danson striking a first time effort past Germany keeper Barbara Vogel after wonderful interception from Hannah Macleod.
England started the second period with real purpose, and took the lead in the 41st minute when a powerful Nic White shot was guided into the goal by Sophie Bray.
Yellow cards in quick succession for Sally Walton and Helen Richardson-Walsh saw England temporarily reduced to nine players and resulted in a shift in momentum, with Germany making good use of the extra players to push their opponents onto the back foot. However, Kate Richardson-Walsh kept her troops calm and battled through a tricky spell before the team returned to full strength.
Pia Oldhafer and Hoffmann both went close to levelling the scores in the latter stages, but England sealed the win in the final minute thanks to a wonderful solo effort from Danson.
Kate Richardson-Walsh was not the only player to reach a personal milestone in this match, with Germany captain Julia Müller also reaching the 200 caps mark for Germany. Kate Richardson-Walsh has also played 108 times for Great Britain, taking her combined total to 308.Back