The Dutch hockey women have reached the final of the European Hockey Championships for the thirteenth time. The ten-time champion was 3-1 too strong for Belgium in the semi-final in Amstelveen.
The Netherlands met Belgium 22 times before in a title tournament and won 21 times; Belgium only drew a 1-1 draw at the previous European Championship in 2019.
After sixteen minutes, the Netherlands led comfortably 2-0. Frédérique Matla put the Orange ahead with a tip-in (her seventh European Championship goal and the four hundredth European Championship goal of the Netherlands). Felice Albers then took care of the 2-0 on a pass from Laurien Leurink.
Belgium tried to do something in return, but did not become dangerous in the circle. The first Belgian corner, shortly after the break, also yielded nothing.
However, Belgium continued to insist and received a penalty after a hit from Marloes Keetels on a stick; Stéphanie Van den Borre pushed well. Shortly afterwards it was almost 2-2, but Ambre Ballenghien just missed a cross from Charlotte Englebert.
It was suddenly a real game and the Orange had completely lost control. But if it doesn’t work out, there is always the penalty corner and it saved the day again. Caia van Maasakker rammed the ball high into the goal for the 3-1. The goal broke the resistance of Belgium.
The Netherlands will play in the final (at 12.30 pm) against Germany or Spain on Sunday. The two countries will battle for a place in the final battle from 6.30 pm.
Hockey players for the thirteenth time in the European Championship hockey final after winning over Belgium
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