Hockey World League Semi-Final 2017, highlights: Netherlands defeat England 2-0 to set up final against Argentina

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Hockey World League Semi-Final 2017, highlights: Netherlands defeat England 2-0 to set up final against Argentina
  • 22:15 (IST)

    Don't forget to join us for the India-Canada clash and the Argentina-Netherlands final tomorrow.

    Until then, have a good night and goodbye.

  • And that's it from the Lee Valley Hockey Centre. We will back again tomorrow for the final day of the Hockey World League.

  • Netherlands now meet Olympic champions Argentina in the final tomorrow.

    For the 3rd/4th, England will play Malaysia.

    India take on Canada for the 5th/6th

  • And Netherlands have beaten England 2-0 to enter the final of the Hockey World League. Superb win for the Dutch. Took their chances and scored.

  • England get a green card. Seconds left in the match.

  • Netherlands is holding on. England trying to find at least a consolation goal.

  • Minutes are ticking away. Match closing in on England. Netherlands defending well. Lovely ball but Mark's shot is deflected away. England attacking in these last minutes.

  • England have taken off their goalkeeper and have an extra man in the field. It's still six minutes to go.

  • England keeping Mark Gleghhorne up trying to find space and get the goals. Minutes ticking away. Netherlands still lead 2-0.

  • England now has ten minutes to find two goals. Tough for them as the Netherlands are bringing back players to hold them off. Mirco Pruijser is still up for the Netherlands, looking for the goals.

  • What a goal by the Netherlands! Bjorn Kellerman smashes the ball past Pinner. Lovely move by the Dutch. They lead 2-0.

  • England has the 4th quarter to find the equaliser. After brilliant saves, England's Pinner will be disappointed at being beaten from a top of the circle shot. Though it was deflected in. The Netherlands lead 1-0.

  • And the deadlock is broken. Netherland’s Mirco Pruijser deflects in a shot from the top of the striking circle. Netherlands lead 1-0. And that is the end of the 3rd quarter.

  • England do see the ball inside the Netherlands goal. But the shot is from outside the striking circle. On the counter, Pinner again saves from a one-to-one situation.

  • It's still holding and rotation at the best for England. Technically, England coming into their own in the 3rd quarter. It's the sharpness in the finish that has let both teams down.

  • Most of the play is still concentrated in the England half. Thierry Brinkman of Netherlands gets a green card. Sporadic attacks from England but they do look dangerous.

  • Third quarter almost has the feel of a Yo-Yo. Back and forth go Netherlands and England. The search for the opening goal is on. And Netherlands get their 3rd PC. Yellow card to England's Liam Sanford. But the flick is wide.

  • Lovely defensive play by David Ames and England comes out of a sticky corner.

  • Slow start from both the sides. But gaining pace again as they get into their groove. David Condon had a sight on the Dutch goal but couldn't control the ball.

  • The 3rd quarter about to start. It's been two quarters to The Netherlands with some smart counters from England. Who will get the lead in this 2nd Semi-Final?

  • The Netherlands coach Max Caldas would be slightly worried about the finishing. They had the breaks but just couldn't finish off the moves in the English striking circle. Huge credit to England's goalkeeper George Pinner who brought off two fine saves of two penalty corners.

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    Scoreline at half-time

  • That's the half-time break. It's still goalless but it has been frenetic. Amazing pace by both the sides.

  • Phil Roper had the chance but the Dutch defence squeezed him out of space.

  • And England almost score. Harry Martin's mighty reverse hit is saved by the Netherland's goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak.

  • It's quite apparent that England is looking for a counter and with men at the back frustrate the Netherlands. Can they last this out against the Netherlands?

  • Amazing how fast the Europeans sides can play sometimes. Breakneck pace here between Netherlands and England. Hard and tough tackling. Man-to-Man marking. Yet the Dutch squeeze through.

  • Mink Weerden flicks high and hard. Brilliant save by England's Pinner again. And straight away a counter by England. Foiled by the Dutch defence.

  • And the umpire points for a 3rd PC. Can they get the lead now?

  • Netherlands are virtually camping in the England striking circle. But got to give it to the English defenders, they have held on. But that's their 2nd PC in the match.

  • Netherlands controlling the 2nd quarter but Glenn Schuurman can't find the space to flick home. It's still goalless. Tight match here.

  • Pace a little down now. England keeping their defence tight, pulling back the midfield inwards. Netherlands need a break in the circle to score.

  • Little difficult to understand why forwards are going for the reverse when they have space to hit a shot from their right.

  • And England almost had a counter. Mark Gleghorne had the space and he went for a reverse. Great defending by Netherlands.

  • It's the 2nd quarter. Something should give now. Netherlands will pressure and get the goal. England will rely on the counter.

  • That's the end of the 1st quarter. Fast paced with a few counters for England. But it's the Netherlands who controlled the pace and flow in that quarter. England have to come up with something.

  • Great defending from England. The flick was flying as the ball hit the stick and went out. Dangerous moments for England as the Dutch are pushing for the lead.

  • And that's a 2nd consecutive penalty corner for the Netherlands.

  • At this pace, a small defensive error could result in a goal or a penalty corner. It's still the Netherlands who control and they have the 1st PC of the match.

  • The Dutch had an opportunity but England's goalkeeper George Pinner comes up with a brilliant save. England had a counter to that. But couldn't control.

  • Extremely fast paced game here between England and the Netherlands. The Dutch enjoying more possession and faster on the breaks.

  • 20:45 (IST)

    Teams line up for the national anthems

  • England, winners of the Sultan Azlan Shah, a month back. Though in Ipoh, they played as Great Britain. England would want to play the final against Argentina. They have secured their 2018 World Cup spot in India. Expect a thriller here.

  • Welcome back to the Lee Valley Hockey Centre. The 2nd Semi-Final coming up. Hosts England Vs Holland. Should be a cracker.

  • 20:16 (IST)

    Coming up next: England take on Argentina in the 2nd semi-final of Hockey World League Semi-Final

  • That's all from the 1st semi-final. We will be back for the 2nd semi-final between England and Holland.

  • The Olympic Champions Argentina now move into the Hockey World League (Semi-final stage) Final. They will meet the winner of the Holland Vs England match on Sunday. Final scores from the 1st Semi: Argentina 2 Malaysia 1.

  • Malaysia had a fantastic 1st quarter. After that they faded out. Almost afraid to move up. In case they conceded at the back. They did come back with a stroke. But should have gone for broke at the opportunity they had.

Preview: India will be playing for pride when they take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a Hockey World League Semi-Final classification match on Saturday. Roelant Oltmans' men suffered an upset at the hands of Malaysia, losing 2-3 on Thursday, which ended dreams of a podium finish.

 Hockey World League Semi-Final 2017, highlights: Netherlands defeat England 2-0 to set up final against Argentina

Akashdeep Singh celebrates scoring India's fifth goal during the Hockey World League Semi Final pool match against Pakistan. Getty

Razie Rahim's double and Tengku Tajuddin not only assured Malaysia a semi-final berth but also a place in the Hockey Men’s World Cup, which will take place in Bhubaneshwar in 2018.

India, tipped as favourites before the quarter-final, will now play Pakistan again to finish in the top six. Pakistan lost the last encounter to India 1-7 and have more than pride to play for with a 2018 World Cup spot at stake.

Though India have their spot at the World Cup assured by courtesy of being the hosts, they should be worried with their performances in the last two games. After a comfortable start to the tournament with three straight wins against Scotland (4-1), Canada (3-0) and Pakistan (7-1), they suffered two defeats against Argentina (1-3) in the final pool clash and Malaysia in the quarter-final (2-3).

In Saturday's semi-finals, Malaysia will face Olympic champions and World No 1 Argentina while World No 7 England take on World No 4 Netherlands for a place in the final.

Updated Date: Jun 24, 2017 22:17:23 IST