Bhubaneshwar, December 13: Netherlands knock out hosts India after a 2-1 win in the foruth quarter-final of the FIH Men's Hockey World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium on Thursday (December 13).
India's Akashdeep Singh scored in the 12th minute, while Thierry Brinkmann equalised three seconds before the end of the 1st quarter and Van Der Weerden scored from a penalty corner in the fourth quarter.
Both sides played excellent aggressive hockey, but Mink van der Weerden's goal in the final quarter proved to be the decisive difference between the two teams.
India started exceptionally well, scoring the first goal through a penalty corner in the 12th minute. Akashdeep Singh with a brilliant reverse flick gave India an early advantage. But Thierry Brinkman soon scored the equaliser for the Netherlands in the 15th minute through a field goal.
In the 50th minute of the game Weerden scored through a penalty corner, giving Netherlands a crucial advantage. In the final moments of the game, the Indian attackers tried really hard but were unable to breach the experienced Dutch defence.
The Dutch will now play two-time defending champions Australia in the semi-final on Saturday (December 15). India, meanwhile, will have to wait four more years for their second World Cup title.
As it happened:
FULL TIME: Netherlands beat India 2-1 to book semi-final meeting with Australia.
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Under a minute left for India to save the World Cup.
Penalty Corner!! Netherlands win a PC. But, the Dutch waste their chance to take a two goal advantage.
57' Manpreet asks for a referral. But the decision goes in the favour of the Dutch.
55' Penalty Corner to India, but the hosts miss the opportunity to go level.
Yellow card: India down to 10 men for the next five minutes.
47' Netherlands have the ball in the back of the net, but the goal doesn't stand as it struck a Dutch player on the foot in the build up.
End of the third quarter and its still 1-1 between India and Netherlands.
43' India restored to 11 men after the offending players serves two minutes suspension.
Green card alert: India down to 10 men.
40' Netherlands controlling the game with India only looking to hit on the counter.
31' Penalty Corner!! Netherlands are awarded a PC. And the Dutch waste the opportunity.
The third quarter is under way. Will the two sides be separated?
At half time, its still locked at 1-1 between India and Netherlands.
When you score the 1st goal in the 1/4 Final in front of a packed house!! @TheHockeyIndia— International Hockey Federation (@FIH_Hockey) December 13, 2018
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Celebrations did not last long as @oranjehockey's Brinkman gets one back within 3 minutes!
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Green card alert: Netherlands player receives a green card for a malicious challenge.
24' After an end to end affair in the first quarter, both sides have been cautious in their approach in the second quarter.
The second quarter is under way.
End of a very high octane quarter and the two sides are locked at 1-1.
15' GOAL! @TBrinkman95 gets his stick on a ball sent into the circle by @mircopruyser that finds its way into the Indian goal. It's all square right at the end of Q1.— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 13, 2018
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15' GOAL!! Netherlands awarded the goal after the video referral. Thierry Brinkman got the last touch and the quarter ends at 1-1.
Netherlands have the ball in the back of the net and the referee goes for a referral.
12' GOAL!! India convert the penalty corner. Akashdeep scores the goal.
12' India win first PC of the game.
10' The mighty Dutch have given the hosts a few warnings, but its still locked at 0-0.
5' An electric start to the game as expected. Both the teams have gone aerial with their passes and have gone very close to scoring.
We are under way at the Kalinga Stadium.
The teams are out for the national anthems. We are just minutes away from tip-off.
Here is the Indian XI to start against Netherlands.
These are the 11 men for India who’ll be starting the match against @oranjehockey in the Quarter Final match of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018. #INDvNED #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/GDpwzUpvec— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 13, 2018
Last time India reached the semis was in 1975 and that was also the last time they won the World Cup. There were no quarterfinals at the time and India, being winners of Pool B, reached the semifinals directly. Ajit Pal Singh and co. beat hosts Malaysia to progress to the final where they beat Pakistan 2-1.
The third quarter-final has ended and Belgium edged Germany 2-1 to book a semi-final meeting with England.
FT. The @BELRedLions make it to the World Cup Semi-Finals for the first time ever as @TomBoon27's goal and some capable defending carries them past an energetic @DHB_hockey team on 13th December at the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018.#GERvBEL #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/1eS4r7DFgv— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 13, 2018
The Indian team and the Netherlands team have arrived. We are just under an hour away from a huge match.
The match we’ve been all waiting for has finally arrived. India will be locking horns with @oranjehockey in what promises to be a very close encounter. Watch live on @ddsportschannel, @StarSportsIndia & @hotstartweets from 7 PM, today.#INDvNED #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/XGVdvsY5pW— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 13, 2018
Another huge factor in the sport is converting Penalty Corners and it will be Harmanpreet Singh versus Mink Van Der Weerden. Who will come out on top, find out in an hour or so when India meets Netherlands.
Converting PCs is the key to becoming a World-Class Hockey side. It's going to be a battle between @13harmanpreet and @MinkvdWeerden where they'll try to make the best use of their drag flick prowess! Catch them live in action, tonight!#INDvNED #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/Y4DxP2qW1v— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 13, 2018
At half-time in the third quarter-final, Belgium and Germany are tied at 1-1. The winner of this match will take on England in the semi-finals on December 15.
Meanwhile, Netherlands coach Max Caldas said, "This will be not be the first time. We have played in front of big crowds in pool games and in the past as well. We are used to playing in front of big crowds."
India coach Harendra Singh says, "There is no chance that the opposition can easily be in the driving seat. The boys have tested the crowd and they know how to cope with them. The crowd have always stood with us."
The home support will play a huge factor for India and both the coaches have their say on the crowd.
Just under two hours for the India vs Netherlands match. Meanwhile, you can follow the third quarter-finals live on Star Sports Select 1. Germany lead Belgium 1-0 at the end of the first quarter.
We spoke about the custodians earlier, now lets take a look at what the winning team will most essentially need. Goals. Both the teams have thrashed their opponents en-route to the quarter-finals with the top scorers tied at three apiece.
The OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018 has been all about goals. @lalithockey and @jeroenhertz have scored 3 goals each. Who’d get ahead in the race and clinch a victory for his team? We’ll find out when India will play against @oranjehockey!#INDvNED #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/3d8e7PxU48— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 13, 2018
The Indian legends who were part of the 1975 World Cup winning squad had some encouraging words to share for the team.
As Team India looks forward to recreating history at the World Cup, the legends of the 1975 World Cup winning Indian team wishes the current players best for their campaign at the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018. #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey #INDvNED pic.twitter.com/YnImPn2orE— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) December 13, 2018
"Whoever goes through our aim would be to give our best. It is a knockout, do-or-die match and there is no second chance. We can't afford to miss chances. At the same time, we need to be cautious and give less chances," says India captain Manpreet Singh.
These two will matter the most. With nine saves, Indian goalkeeper Sreejesh P R edges his counterpart Pirmin Blaak, who has made seven saves so far in the Hockey World Cup 2018.
Not just teams, it’s a battle between individuals as well. Who’d be the last man standing and making more saves, the experienced campaigner, @16Sreejesh or the promising, @PirminBlaak? Find out tonight when India face @oranjehockey!#INDvNED #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 #DilHockey pic.twitter.com/xcx74P0YsG— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 13 December 2018
In their last five meetings, India and Netherlands have won two apiece, while one game finished in a draw.
With even contests in the last 5 encounters, a riveting battle awaits today between India and @oranjehockey in their race to make it to the Semi Finals of the OHMWC Bhubaneswar 2018. #IndiaKaGame #DilHockey #HWC2018 #INDvNED pic.twitter.com/1pbXDNEa88— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 13 December 2018
India are in action at 7 PM. Before that Germany take on Belgium at 4.45 PM. Catch all the action on Star Sports Select 1 and HotStar.
The final round of Quarter-Finals will unfold today, as Germany & Belgium would face each other followed by hosts India taking on Netherlands. Watch live on @ddsportschannel, @StarSportsIndia & @hotstartweets from 4:45 PM IST.— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) 13 December 2018
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India look to end a 43-year long wait when they take on mighty Netherlands in the quarterfinal on Thursday at the Kalinga Stadium.