Netherlands keep hopes alive with 4-3 win
Two penalty corner conversions by Taekema on either side of his yellow card suspension lifted the team to a win against England.india Updated: Sep 12, 2006 10:47 IST
Two brilliant penalty corner conversions by Taeke Taekema on either side of his yellow card suspension lifted the Netherlands to a 4-3 win against England and kept their hopes alive of a semi-final berth in the men's hockey World Cup at Monchengladbach.
The victory took the Dutch to seven points, the same as champions Germany, after four matches while England remain on three.
Trailing 0-2 at one stage, the Dutch retaliated in style with veteran Teun de Nooijer playing a lead role in their great fightback.
England went 2-0 ahead with James Tindall (10th) and Richard Mantell (13th) breaching the Dutch defence. However, the Dutch came back when Teun de Nooijer deflected a long hit in the 18th and Ronald Brouwer scoring off a rebound from a goalmouth scramble.
On resumption, Tindall made it 3-2 for England when he scored off a Matt Daly pass, but the Dutch were far from finished as Taekema converted a penalty corner in the 45th and almost immediately sent out on a yellow card. He returned in time to put home the sixth Dutch penalty corner in the 63rd minute for a rousing victory.