Hockey World Cup 2018 semifinal: Australia vs Netherlands

Netherlands has defeated Australia in sudden death to progress to the final of the 2018 Hockey World Cup at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

A general view of the Kalinga stadium, the venue of the 2018 Hockey World Cup.   -  Getty Images

Hello and welcome to Sportstar’s coverage of the 2018 Hockey World Cup semifinal game between Australia and Netherlands.

 

• Herzberger scores and the pressure is on Australia now! Australia sends Beale now. And the ball is stolen off his stick by Blaak and NETHERLANDS DEFEATS AUSTRALIA TO PROGRESS TO THE FINAL!

• Whetton scores against Blaak. Calm finish by him under pressure. The Dutch have to score now. van Dam goes nest, does a 360 spin and scores past Charter. Fantastic finish from the veteran and the best of the shootout so far. SUDDEN DEATH NOW!

• Tim Brand goes next but the chance goes begging as his adjudged to have kicked Blaak's stick away. And van Ass scores for the Dutch! 2-2 now!

• Tom Craig up next. And he scores for Australia! The Dutch send Kemperman now. And a diving Charter saves his reverse stick shot! Australia leads 2-1!

• Daniel Beale scores against Blaak. Makes it 1-1, for now. Charter takes the ball off Pruijser's stick but the referee asks for a retake and Australia takes a referral. Good call and the score stands 1-1 in the shootout.

• Hertzberger is first up for Netherlands, he will take on Charter. And he scores!

• Aran Zalewski is first up for Australia. Blaak in goal for Netherlands. And his shot goes way over.

SHOOTOUT: The attacker will have eight seconds to score. He can take as many shots as he wants in those eight seconds. And both teams have one appeal each.

FULL TIME. Australia 2 - 2 Netherlands and we go into a shootout!

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60' GOAL! AUSTRALIA HAS FOUND AN EQUALISER WITH 27 SECONDS LEFT IN THE GAME!  The referee goes for a referral to make sure its a fair goal and the goal stands! We could be seeing the first shooutout of this world cup. Eddie Ockenden has been awarded the goal although it came of a Dutch leg last and went through Blaak's legs. That goal is so harsh on the keeper, who has been in excellent form today.

58' Less than two minutes left in this semifinal and Dutch in possession. Kemperman and Pruijser keep the ball at the left corner, happy to wait for the clock to run down.

57' Whetton wins a penalty corner. Thijs van Dam penalised there. Govers takes it and his shot by Blaak. He dives low to his right and pulls off an excellent save with his right hand.

56' Lars Balk comes out of the defence and intercepts a long pass. That's the latest in a long line of passes that Australia has messed up today.

54' Australia takes off its keeper and Dawson puts on the bib. This could potentially set up well for a Dutch counter.

53' Blaak pulls off a fantastic reflexive save to deny Australia an equaliser. He has faced eight shots today and only one has gone past him. Probably his best game of the tournament.

52' At the other end, Tim Brand's goal-bound pass is cleared in time ven der Weerden.

51' van der Weerden takes it and it's saved. The rebound falls to Kemperman, who shot goes out for a long corner off Dawson.

51' Corey Weyer is penalised for a foul and the referee calls for a penalty corner but he asks for a referral immediately. The replays aren't very conclusive so the referee doesn't change the decision. Penalty corner for the back stick at least and Australia loses its referral.

49' The Dutch break down an Australian attack and keep possession for a minute before Kemperman's shot goes well wide.

47' Matt Dawson runs down the right flank and blazes a shot across the face of the goal. Australia has started this half stronger than the Dutch.

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45' The third quarter comes to an end with Australia on top of this game. It could be an exciting final fifteen minutes as Australia chases an equaliser.

 

44' Trent Mitton runs into a wall of Dutch defenders and wins a penalty corner. Govers takes it, leaves to to Tim Howard who sweeps it into the goal. Australia gets a goal back! That's Howard's first international goal for Australia and what a time to score!

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Tim Howard pulls one back for Australia.   -  FIH Website

 

43' Kemperman with a long pass into the circle but Pruijser fails to gets his stick onto the ball. Whizzes past his stick.

41' Sander Baart steals possession and Australia is caught out on the counter. van Ass gets the ball, dribbles but his shot is saved.

39' And Netherlands is now back to full strength. Australia couldn't make its numerical advantage count.

38' Flynn Ogilvie gets pushed to the ground inside the circle but the referee doesn't spot it. He thinks of appealing but decides against it. Would've been a penalty corner for Australia had he asked for a referral.

35' The Dutch do well to defend an Australian attack and win possession. A few quick passes and Brinkman is in the Australian circle but the ball is stolen off his stick before he could pick the right pass.

34' Persistent fouling from Verga sees him get a yellow card. Australia will be a man up for the next five minutes and it has to make the advantage count.

31' Netherlands gets the second half underway. The winner of this game will play for the goal medal against Belgium tomorrow.

30' First half comes to an end with Netherlands in an excellent position. Two goal lead over Australia, in control of the game and looking likely to score next. It promised to attack Australia from the first minute and has done just that. Can Australia do better in the second half?

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STAT: Australia has conceded as many penalty corners in this as it has in the entire tournament so far.

27' Hertzberger gets past Matt Dawson easily and is sent tumbling before he could progress and the Dutch have another penalty corner. He takes it and his shot bounces off Jeremy Hayward's foot for another penalty corner. Hayward makes a block from the next penalty corner too, this time cleanly.

26' Blaak puts his left foot out just in time to deny Australia once again. He has been the star for the Dutch so far.

25' Valentin Verga picks up a green card and Netherlands down to ten players.

 

24' Australia has been uncharacteristically sloppy in its defending today. The Dutch have dribbled past its players way too many times already.

23' Hertzberger dribbles through the heart of the Australian defence but gets dispossessed just before he got one-on-one with the Australian keeper.

21' Australia on an attack from the restart of the play and a fantastic save from Blaak denies it a goal. The Dutch goalkeeper is in fantastic form today.

20' GOAL! Netherlands scores a second, Seve van Ass with the goal this time. The last time Australia conceded two goals in a world cup game was in its opener in Delhi 2010.

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Seve van Ass (9) and Billy Bakker celebrate after the former doubled Netherlands' lead.   -  FIH Website

 

19' Wotherspoon gets pushed in the circle and wins another penalty corner for Australia. Govers takes it again and Pirmin Blaak makes another good save.

17' Dylan Wotherspoon wins a penalty corner for Australia. Blake Govers takes it and his shot gets saved. And the Dutch wins possession, go on a counter-attack and wins a penalty corner at the other end, which doesn't get converted. End-to-end stuff!

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15' The first quarter comes to an end and two-time defending champion finds itself trailing after Schuurman scored only his third international goal for Netherlands.

13' Fantastic close control by Pruijser, who dribbles past five Australian players before being tackled as he was lining up a shot.

11' Mirco Pruijser's shot comes off the post and suddenly Australia finds itself under pressure. That goal has put some confidence into its attacking play.

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The Dutch players celebrate Schuurman's goal against Australia.   -  FIH Website

 

9' GOAL! Netherlands takes the lead. Australia stunned as Glenn Schuurman scores his first goal of the tournament. That goal was made by Jonas de Geus. He dribbled his way past to defenders and put the ball across the face of the goal and a diving Schuurman put the finishing touch. Australia finds itself trailing in a game for the first time in this tournament.

 

7' Jorrit Croon dummies his marker but is dispossed off the ball before he could get into a good position. After initially being on the backfoot, the Dutch have upped their game now.

4' van der Weerden takes it and it is well saved by Andrew Charter. The Dutch gets back the rebound and hold on to the ball.

4' Billy Bakker does well to evade several Australian players and gets into the circle and his bounces off a defender's foot and the Dutch get a penalty corner. Bakker has been central to Netherlands' play in this world cup and it stays the same today too. He has been everywhere in the opening minutes of the game.

1' Australia showing its intent early in the game with two attacks in the space of a few seconds. The first attack breaks down with an overhit pass but the second one ends with a shot well offtarget.

1' Australia gets the second semifinal of the 2018 Hockey World Cup underway at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

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• Here's how the teams lineup in the second semifinal of the tournament:

 

STAT: Mink van der Weerden is only 4 goals away from his 100th goal for Netherlands.

• Netherlands has been impressive in the World Cup but Australia has set the bar extremely high when it comes to World Cup performances. It has played in the last four World Cup finals, winning the last two time. Can it manage a fifth consecutive appearance in the final? Or will the Dutch defeat this Australian team which has conceded just one goal in this tournament?

• In Belgium's 6-0 win over England earlier in the day, Alexander Hendrickx scored his seventh goal of the tournament and is now the leading scorer. Australia's Blake Grovers is right behind him, with six goals. The difference? Hendrickx has scored his in six games while Grovers has done it in four games only. Can he take the top spot from the Belgian today?

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• The 218 Hockey World Cup has seen 144 goals scored till now — 87 field goals, 53 penalty corners and 4 penalty strokes. What has been your favourite goal so far? Let us know either on Twitter or on Facebook.

 

• The first semifinal saw England lose 6-0 to Belgium. Here is how that match unfolded.

• Australia and Netherlands, both three time champions, go head-to-head in the second semifinal of the 2018 Hockey World Cup.