Dutch down Britain in hockey semi

AFP-JIJI

The Netherlands crushed Great Britain 9-2 on Thursday to reach the men’s hockey final where they will tackle defending champions Germany for the gold medal.

The Dutch, who last took the title in 2000, overwhelmed Britain who struggled to contain the pace and unpredictable movement of Rogier Hofman, Billy Bakker and Valentin Verga.

By halftime the Dutch already had a firm grip with a 4-1 lead.

Two Roderick Weusthof goals put them two up inside a quarter of an hour, the second of them after fans had cheered a Dutch failure to score from a penalty corner, only for the ball to be played straight back into the danger zone.

Although the prolific Ashley Jackson pulled one back, the home crowd were soon quietened by goals from Mink van der Weerden and by Bakker.