The Dutch hockey players have qualified for the final of the European Championship in their own country. Max Caldas’s team won in Amstelveen via shoot-outs against reigning champions Belgium. After regulation time the score was 2-2. The Orange squad won the deciding shoot-out series 3-1. Jorrit Croon made use of the decisive shot, Jeroen Hertzberger and Thijs van Dam were also successful with a shoot-out.
In the shoot-out series, the video referee was frequently called upon. A goal by the Belgians was disallowed because the ball had not crossed the goal line within eight seconds. Just before Croon’s winning shoot-out, Arthur Van Doren was allowed to take his shoot-out again, because Dutch keeper Pirmin Blaak had come off the goal line too early. In the second chance, Blaak parried Van Doren’s effort again, but Belgium tried to be right again via the video referee. They claimed that Blaak had committed a violation. This time the video referee proved the Belgians wrong, after which Croon pushed hard and was buried under his teammates.
Belgium took the lead twice in the Wagener Stadium, where the public is welcome this week. The Belgians took the lead in the third quarter via Nicolas de Kerpel, who took advantage of a wrong pass by Glenn Schuurman. In the last quarter Seve van Ass equalized, but not much later Alexander Hendrickx gave the Belgians another lead via a penalty corner. In the last minutes, the Orange squad again equalized, because Jip Janssen also used a penalty corner.
The atmosphere was grim in the final minutes of regular time. For example, Sander de Wijn (Netherlands) and Victor Wegnez (Belgium) received a green card. De Wijn because of a hard foul, Wegnez because he then pushed De Wijn hard. A riot with several players ensued.
The Orange squad will face Germany in the final on Saturday, which was too strong for England 3-2 earlier in the day. In the group stage, the Netherlands drew 2-2 against the Germans. The Netherlands then gave up a 2-0 lead. The Belgians are also reigning world champions. On Friday, the hockey women will also face Belgium in the last four. (ANP)
Dutch hockey men to European Championship final after victory via shoot-outs over Belgium
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