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ImagePEKING (Reuters) - The Dutch hockeyers in the Olympic Games in Beijing the first goal. Orange Tuesday placed itself on its own strength for the semi-finals.


The team coach Roelant Oltmans breakfast won the match against Pakistan, starting at 08.30 hours local time, with 4-2, after a restful state of 0-1. With two hits Taeke Taekema was again the man celebrated in Orange.

The Netherlands finished unbeaten in Group B on thirteen points from five duels. Orange wasted only two points against Australia (2-2). The Olympic champion plays Tuesday (noon in the Netherlands) even against the disabled Britain. In a victory Australia wins the group and plays the Netherlands as number two in the semi-final against the winner of Group A. Spain, Germany, South Korea and New Zealand are still in the fight for final victory in that group. The semi-finals in the men tournament Thursday in the Olympic Green Hockey Stadium.


Orange made in the first half no sly impression. The brigade of Oltmans played certainly not bad, but again failed the technical superiority in the state to express. Netherlands struggling since the start of the Olympic tournament with a low yield of the attack. In the first four group matches Orange made just three field goals. The other nine hits were from penalty corners, with Taekema as undisputed Topscorers (eight goals).

Also very offensive against Pakistan, which is nothing more to win or to lose had made the Netherlands itself unnecessarily difficult. Rob Reckers (lats), Laurence Docherty (pole) and Teun de Nooijer (goalkeeper) came in promising positions to score. That did Muhammad Imran in the 29th minute but from the first Pakistani strafcorner, 0-1.

The advantage for the number seven of the world was not undeserved. Pakistan came to rest more often than Orange in the attack circle. Goalkeeper Guus Vogels, making a strong tournament, took a hit against in the first half more than enough.


Taekema could in the first half his team not to encourage a hit from his dreaded strafcorner. The Cannon of Orange had three short corner succeed untapped. Partly it appeared Oltmans after the retirement signal with a feeling of malaise in the catacombs.

After the break was better in the Orange class. It was first Matthijs Brouwer, who after good work from De Nooijer One cared: 1-1. Shortly thereafter knalde also Taekema get out of his fourth (2-1) and fifth strafcorner (3-1). In between missed especially Roderick Weusthof and Matthijs Brouwer still some great opportunities. With hits from Adnan Maqsood (3-2) and Jeroen Hertzberger (4-2) got the duel an exciting slot.

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