India in finals as Holland beat Germany 7-1

European Champion Holland suffered a humiliating 1-7 defeat at the hands of World Champions Germany, paving the way for India to reach the finals.

updated: February 07, 2009 14:40 IST
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European Champion Holland suffered a humiliating 1-7 defeat at the hands of World Champions Germany, paving the way for India to reach the finals of the Punjab Gold Cup here on Saturday.

India will now meet New Zealand later today before locking horns with Holland in the finals here on Monday.

Holland, so far undefeated, finished on the top of the standing with 14 points, while India have eight points in their kitty.

Needing a win to stay afloat in the tournament, Germany started crumbling under pressure soon after conceding a goal in the opening minute of the game as the Dutch stepped the gas in the second half, scoring five goals after the lemon break.

The Germans could hardly make use of the opportunities that came their way as they failed to convert a single penalty corner out of five awarded to them.

Man of the match Jeroen Hertzberger (23), who scored two goals turned out to be the hero for the Dutch as he build up several attacks and was instrumental in three other goals as well.

Germany, who tasted their only victory in the competition against India on Friday, suffered their third defeat and could accumulate only five points from six matches.

Wouter Jolie of Holland drew first blood, scoring from the penalty corner in the first minute of the game and six minutes later Hertzberger made it 2-0.

The Germans got four penalty corners in the first half and another one in the second half but the Olympic champions messed up things as their shots went waywire.

On one occasion a penalty corner taken by the German forward hit Dutch skipper Robert Horst on his head and he had to leave the field to seek medical attention.

Leading 2-0 during the lemon break, the Dutch showed no mercy and came down hard in the second half with Constantijn Jonker scoring the third goal in the 47th minute with the help of Hertzberger who went past three German defenders and passed the ball to Jonker.

In the 50th minute, Hertzberger build up another attack going solo and sounded the post beating German goalkeeper Weinhold Max.

The Germans huffed and puffed all over the park with a clue as Holland's Robbert Kemperman blasted the fifth goal in the 55th minute. Five minutes later, Wouter Jolie scored his second and team's sixth goal through the third penalty corner before Lucas Judge sealed the match at 7-0 in the 61st minute.

The only consolation for the Germans was the lone goal scored by Christopher Wesley in the 66th minute when the Dutch were rotating their players on the field and were looking a bit laid back.

Earlier, the match got delayed by 20 minutes after the Holland players, who were donning their orange colors, were asked by the referee to change into whites with orange sleeves for clarity as the Germans were wearing red.