Punjab Gold Cup: Netherlands trounce Germany 7-1

February 8th, 2009 - 11:39 am ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Feb 7 (IANS) The Netherlands handed Olympic champions Germany a 7-1 drubbing in their last league match to set up a title clash with India in the Punjab Gold cup hockey tournament at the Sector 42 stadium here Saturday.
The Netherlands thus cleared India’s way to the summit clash as Germany needed to win to stay in the race for Monday’s final.

Germany have fielded an experimental side in the tournament with only four players from the Beijing Olympics squad. They had not been in the best of form but Germany showed signs of revival, having beaten India Friday.

The Netherlands, who have been the best team in the tournament so far, gave a

power-packed performance to outclass Germany.

Wouter Jolie (2nd minute, 60th) and Jeron Hertzberger (7th, 50th) struck twice for the Dutch team while Constantijn Jonker (47th minute), Robbert Kemperman (55th minute) and Lucas Judge (61st minute) scored one goal each.

For Germany, the consolation goal came through Christopher Wesley (66th minute).

Jolie converted a penalty corner to put The Netherlands ahead. After five minutes, Hertzberger struck to make it 2-0 for Netherlands.

The Netherlands displayed attacking hockey and never let the Germans settle. Germany got four penalty corners in the first half but wasted all. The Dutch team led 2-0 at

half time.

The change of side did not bring any luck for Germany as The Netherlands struck one goal after another.

Jonker increased the lead to 3-0 before Hertzberger hit his second goal to make it 4-0. Kemperman then piled agony on Germany, sounding the board in the 55th minute.

Completely looking out of sorts, Germany conceded two more goals in the 60th and 61st minute.

German striker, Christopher Wesley, pulled one back in the 66th minute.

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