Hockey World Cup 2018 highlights: Germany 4-1 Netherlands

Hockey World Cup 2018: Germany vs Netherlands: A whirlwind final quarter saw Germany score thrice in a 4-1 thrashing of European heavyweight Netherlands at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.

Jeroen Hertzberger (L) celebrates with team mates after scoring against Malaysia in the opening match.   -  Getty Images for FIH

Welcome to Sportstar's minute-by-minute commentary of the Hockey World Cup 2018 Pool D match of Germany vs Netherlands.


FULL-TIME: Germany 4-1 Netherlands

Fourth Quarter

45' Germany is still hungry for the fifth goal as Benedikt Furk has a shot at the far post with just the goalkeeper to beat, but Pirmin Blaak blocks the shot.

58' CHRISTOPHER RUHR SCORES FROM PENALTY STROKE! This an absolute carnage by the Germans. The Dutch have buckled under the pressure and Germany has turned the counter-attacking strategy on Netherlands.

54' MARCO MILTKAU MAKES IT 3-1! Marco Miltkau first draws a save from Blaak before taking a pass off the rebound from Wellen to finish from close range. That could be the three points for Die Honamas there.

52' GOAL GERMANY! Lukas Windfeder gives his team the lead for the first time in the match with a powerful dragflick into the bottom right corner.

51' Tobias Walter once again, comes to Germany's rescue as he saves twice to keep out attempts from Dutch forwards.

Trivia: Netherlands coach Max Caldas has guided the Dutch women's team to three World Cup titles.

49' Germany is a man down for the next five minutes after Christopher Ruhr is shows the green card for a stick check inside the penalty area.

46' Jorrit Croon with another solo run inside the penalty run and tries to cut back from the baseline which is blocked by goalkeeper Tobias Walter's outstretched glove.

Third Quarter

45' Christopher Ruhr finds himself with large space inside the circle, but the forward manages a tame shot on the shot. Billy Bakker reaches the penalty area at the other end, but Martin Haner puts in an excellent tackle.

43' Another penalty corner for the Dutch results in Martin Haner rushing forward to take Mink van Der Ween's dragflick on his wrist.

41' Netherlands wins three penalty corners in a row, but it does not amount to any goal as the Germans manage to clear out the danger.

Trivia: Germany's Tobias Hauke also works as the Team Manager for football club Hamburg SV, which recently got relegated from the top division after 55 seasons.

40' Netherlands wins its second penalty corner of the match throudh Thijs Van Dam. The umpire shows a green card to Tobias Hauke for rushing out of the goal before the ball was injected from the push-out.

38' The ball is inside the Dutch goal, but Lukas Windfeder has shot from outside the circle and it does not count.

35' Billy Bakker steals the ball from Niklas Wellen just outside the circle and shoots at the far post, but the umpire quickly blows his whistle indicating it as dangerous play.

34' Christopher Ruhr has a shot at the other end. Though the shot does not trouble Pirmin Blaak much, Germany's confidence has definitely grown from the goal at the end of half-time.

31' Jeroen Hertzberger, who has been uncharacteristically quiet until now, has the first shot on the goal after receiving a back pass from Mirco Pruijser on the edge of the circle.

Trivia: Germany has never finished below sixth in all the 13 editions of the World Cup.

HALF-TIME: Germany 1-1 Netherlands

Second Quarter

30' GOAL GERMANY! Germany's variations have worked as Mathias Muller finds the target on the third attempt. It is a training drill of three back passes which reaches Muller, waiting at the near post and the 26-year old just pushes the ball past Primin Blaak.


30' Niklas Wellen has a shot at the goal after Germany exploits huge space in the midfield, but it hits the sideboarding. Germany wins two back-to-back penalty corners.

28' Thijs Van Dam with another pacey run down the right flank and gets to the baseline. His cut back is deemed dangerous by the umpire.

25' A superb run from Jorrit Croon, who dribbles his way past four defenders but Tobias Walter is positioned well to block the shot.

21' Germany is looking to assert itself now but Netherlands strategy is to hit on the counter. Billy Bakker breaks into the penalty area with a lung-bursting run and shoots from the right side of the circle. Germany captain Martin Haner manages a timber of his stick, which is enough to deflect the ball's trajectory away from the goal.

17' Close look at the Netherlands' first goal shows that the goal belonged to Valentin Verga who cross hit a German stick before it entered the goal and Pruijser had no involvement in the goal.


16' Christopher Ruhr shows some superb stickwork to prepare his shot from the edge of the circle, but three Dutch sticks surround him to prevent from shooting.

First Quarter

15' How did that stay out! Germany wins a penalty corner and it's beautifully worked by the Germans. However, Mathias Muller's flick from close range agonisingly hits the crossbar.

13' GOAL NETHERLANDS! Mirco Pruijser opens the scoring for the Dutch after a superb run from Valentin Verga into the smallest of spaces on the left side. The midfielder gets to the baseline and crosses it across goalmouth where Pruijser is there to add the finishing touch.

Trivia: Despite winning five World Cup trophies between them, Germany and Netherlands have never faced each other in the final. The European heavyweights clashed in the 1973, 1990 semifinals

10' The Dutch have their first shot on the goal as Kemperman's pass on the turn is well read by Billy Bakker, but his scoop hits goalkeeper Tobias Walter's helmet.

7' Another display of solid defending from Germany as Tom Grambusch prevents Seve van Ass from having a shot at the goal and also picks up a green card in the process.

5' Netherlands tries to find spaces with short passing in the fourth quarter, but Germany defends well. Jonas de Geus gets a green card for a petulant foul on Christopher Ruhr.

3' Germany gets the first shot on the goal through Christopher Ruhr, who beats Robbert Kemperman.But goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak narrows the angle and Ruhr's reverse hit, crashes into the sideboarding.

1' We are underway for the Pool D match between two European powerhouses.

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Head-to-Head record: Total: 9 | Germany: 4 | Netherlands: 2 | Draws: 3

World Cup wins: Germany - 2 (2002,2006) | Netherlands: - 3 (1973, 1990, 1998)