Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Dutch flying high in Delhi

The Netherlands earned their third win of the Hero Honda FIH World Cup 2010 against Canada (6-0). Germany and New Zealand also won, against Korea (2-1) and Argentina (4-3), to stay within striking distance.

Game 16 – Korea v. New Zealand: 1-2 (half-time: 0-2)

Korea and New Zealand had met only once before at a World Cup, when the Kiwis won 3-1 in 1998. Unfortunately, as for the other days when neither India nor Pakistan are playing, the stands were nearly empty, creating an eerie atmosphere for a World Cup match…

Match Facts (Korea v. New Zealand):

> New Zealand won 2-1 to collect their second straight WC win over Korea, following their 3-1 victory in 1998.
> The Kiwis (6 points) have now overtaken Korea in the Pool B Standings (4 points).
> This match saw two PS goals. The last WC match to see 2 PS goals was ENG-GER 1-2 in 2006, which saw Simon Mantell (ENG) and Christopher Zeller (GER) score PS goals.
> Dean Couzins (NZL) and Lee Nam Yong (KOR) scored only the second and third PS goal at Delhi 2010. The first PS goal was scored by Australia’s Jamie Dwyer, who has also missed a PS this tournament.
> NZL might be heading for their best WC finish. Their best finish in the competition so far is seventh place, which they achieved in Amstelveen 1973, Kuala Lumpur 1975 and Bombay 1982.

Game 17 – Netherlands v. Canada: 6-0 (half-time: 0-0)

The second match of the day seemed like a David vs. Goliath contest. Canada had lost veteran Ranjeev DEOL with a nasty hand injury in practice and were lining up three World Cup rookies (Matthew PECK in goal, Taylor CURRAN and Jesse WATSON). To their credit, they seemed in a better frame of mind than against Germany and the first scoring chance was for them when Philip WRIGHT received the ball completely alone in the Dutch circle, but could not control it.

Match Facts (Netherlands v. Canada):

> Netherlands join England as the only teams to have won all three of their matches at Delhi 2010.
> The Netherlands have now won 4 successive World Cup matches (2006-2010). This equals their second longest winning streak in the competition. Holland’s record for most consecutive WC wins is 6 and was set in1998-2002.
> The Netherland scored 6 goals in the second half today. The last time they managed this in a World Cup match was on 24 November 1994 against Belgium 8-1 (HT 2-1).
> Taekema scored twice to lift his WC total to 19 goals. This takes him into third place on the all-time World Cup top scorer list, overtaking Wolfgang Strödter’s (GER) total of 18 goals.
> Only Paul Litjens (NED, 26) and Ties Kruize (NED, 21) have scored more WC goals.
> Taekema has now scored in each of The Netherlands’ last seven World Cup matches (2006-2010).
> He is the first player to do so since Australia’s Jay Stacey (1994-1998).
> Rogier Hofman became the first Dutch player since Teun de Nooijer in 1998 (vs NZL) to score 2 field goals in a World Cup match.
> Canada are yet to collect their first points at Delhi 2010, having lost all three of their games as did South Africa in Pool B. Argentina can join them if they lose to Germany later tonight.

Game 18 – Germany v. Argentina: 4-3 (half-time: 3-2)

The last game of the day started in front of empty stands, a sad situation and even more so because spectators would have been well entertained by the excellent match offered by the reigning World Champions Germany and Argentina.

Results Day 6 - Friday 5 March 2010

Korea v. New Zealand 1:2 (0:2)
NZL 4mn Andrew HAYWARD (PC) 0:1
NZL 22mn Dean COUZINS (PS) 0:2
KOR 70mn Nam Yong LEE (PS) 1:2

Netherlands v. Canada 6:0 (0:0)
NED 41mn Taeke TAEKEMA (PC) 1:0
NED 43mn Ronald BROUWER (FG) 2:0
NED 48mn Rogier HOFMAN (FG) 3:0
NED 53mn Rob RECKERS (FG) 4:0
NED 56mn Rogier HOFMAN (FG) 5:0
NED 63mn Taeke TAEKEMA (PC) 6:0

Germany v. Argentina 4:3 (3:2)
GER 5mn Martin ZWICKER (FG) 1:0
ARG 6mn Lucas Martin VILA (FG) 1:1
GER 14mn Martin ZWICKER (PC) 2:1
GER 23mn Matthias WITTHAUS (FG) 3:1
ARG 34mn Matias Enrique PAREDES (PC) 3:2
GER 51mn Martin HÄNER (PC) 4:2
ARG 55mn Pedro IBARRA (PC) 4:3

Pool Standings:
Pool A: 1) Netherlands 9 pts 2) Germany 7 pts 3) New Zealand 6 pts 4) Korea 4pts 5) Argentina 0 pt (-5) 6) Canada 0 pt (-13)
Pool B: 1) England 9 pts 2) Australia 6 pts (+14) 3) Spain 6 pts (+4) 4) India 3 pts (-3) 5) Pakistan 3 pts (-5) 6) South Africa 0 pt.