- Netherlands defeated Argentina 6-1
- Both sides are through to the Hockey World League Final
- England finished third
Netherlands routed Argentina 7-1 to win the World Hockey League Semi-Final in London. A dominant performance by the Dutch saw them roll past favorites Argentina after having won their previous four matches in the tournament. With this Olympic champions, Argentina and European champions The Netherlands have booked their places at the end-of-year showpiece Odisha Hockey World League Final.
It was a tough afternoon for Argentina who struggled to find their feet in the contest, meeting a Dutch side full of confidence who turned on the style at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. The Dutch were on top the entire first quarter as Verga exchanged passes at the top of the circle to finish off the move with a smashing volley into the right corner to give Netherlands the lead. The confident Dutch side owned the ball and Argentina had a little answer and the lead was soon doubled. Their dominance continued into the second quarter as they went on to get a third. Valentin Verga scored a brace and further strikes from Thijs Van Dam, Robbert Kemperman, Mirco Pruijser and Thierry Brinkmann rounded off an impressive performance from the Dutch who controlled the game from start to finish to storm past Argentina 6-1.
Reflecting on the win, Verga said: “It’s a place that has given me really good memories. I played my first Olympics here in 2012, the first time I won a European tournament was in London in 2015 and now this!”It feels like home! The support from the crowd was great to see and a lot of people came out to watch.”
England finished third after winning their match against Malaysia.This sees them join Netherlands and Argentina in the World Hockey League Final to be held in India next year. India has already qualified for the tournament as the hosts.