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Dutch finish seventh, Pakistan sixth

The Dutch proved too strong for the Kiwis, thanks to two goals from Weusthof and one from Taeke.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2006 17:04 IST

The Netherlands thrashed New Zealand 3-0 to take the seventh place while England clinched the fifth spot by defeating Pakistan 1-0 in classification matches of the men's hockey World Cup here.

On Saturday, the Dutch proved too strong for the Kiwis, thanks to two goals from Roderick Weusthof and one from the tournament's leading goal scorer, Taeke Taekema.

The Dutch took the lead with a minute left from break when Weusthof scored a field goal. Five minutes after the change of sides, Taekema converted a penalty corner to double the lead and take his tally to 11 goals in the tournament.

Weusthof again converted a penalty corner in the 49th minute.

England were lucky to find the winner just three minutes from regulation time when Martin Jones scored via a field goal against Pakistan.

Earlier, India were humiliated again as they lost 2-3 to Argentina while Japan thrashed South Africa 5-2 in a 9-12 position classification matches.

India will now face South Africa for the 11-12 positions while Argentina will take on Japan for the 9-10 position here on Sunday.

First Published: Sep 17, 2006 11:56 IST