On Friday Canada were an altogether different team against Holland. Only 48 hours ago, Canada were off colour against another European giant, Germany, and were thrashed 6-0. But the improvement was visible for only 35 minutes and as the Canadian team stepped in for the second half, memories of the Germany game came flooding back, and the eventual scoreline was the same, a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of the Dutch.
Deadly drag-flicker Taeke Taekema and Rogier Hofman scored a brace each, while a goal each came through Ronald Brouwer and Rob Reckers.
In the first half, the Canadian defence was upto the mark, the midfield controlled the game and the forward line applied pressure at regular intervals. For the Dutch it was a frustrating period. Their forward line created chances and earned three penalty corners but Canadian goalkeeper Matthew Peck was too good for the Dutch strikers and Taekema's drag-flick.
Six minutes into the second half Holland broke the deadlock. Taekema made no mistake and successfully converted a penalty corner. Just two minutes later Teun De Nooijer sets up for Brouwer, who pushed the ball into the and doubled the lead (2-0).
Reckers scored a field goal off a rebound in the 48th minute, added two more in the 53rd and 56th as Taekema sealed the deal in the 63rd minute.
“In the first-half Canada was playing very well and we were unable to split them. We were not using the breadth of the turf and that's why we failed to create enough opportunities in the first half,” said Holland's Teun Rohof.
“In the second half, though we played with the same format, we made them move out of their defensive zone and made attempts from the back line.”