Belgium vs Netherlands Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018 | Belgium vs Netherlands | Final
The three weeks long Hockey World Cup has finally reached its judgement day. Yes, we are talking about the summit clash of Hockey World Cup and the two teams contesting in this all-important clash is Belgium and Netherlands.
Belgium has been the team to watch out throughout the World Cup. They kicked-off their campaign with a 2-1 win over Canada followed by a draw against hosts India 2-2 and then a massive win over South Africa 5-1.
They finished second in the Pool right behind the hosts India and then went on to defeat Pakistan in a one-sided affair 5-0. The stage was set for an epic quarter-finals battle against Germany where a mouthwatering contest ended up with Belgium winning 2-1.
With loads of confidence under their belt, they thrashed England mercilessly by 6-0 to set up a final date on Sunday 16th December.
It was a game for the ages when the Netherlands took on Australia in an epic semi-final clash. The Australian were pipped to win this contest and make it to the finals of Hockey World Cup three years in a row.
The Dutch had some different plans altogether, they backed themselves for 2-2 settlement after 60 minutes, but a penalty shoot-out led by Jeroen Hertzberger who scored twice to hand his side a famous victory over the reigning champions by a penalty shootout score of 4-3.
This game was a repeat of 2014 World Cup Final, but this time the result favoured the Dutch as they made it to the finals to set-up an all-important summit clash with Belgium.
When: December 16, 07:00 PM, IST
Where: Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar
Netherlands: Pirmin Blaak(GK), Jeroen Hertzberger, Robbert Kemperman, Mink van der Weerden, Sander Baart, Bob de Voogd, Floris Wortelboer, Valentin Verga, Thijs van Dam, Jonas de Geus, Lars Balk, Joep de Mol, Glenn Schuurman, Thierry Brinkman, Sam van der Ven, Billy Bakker, Seve van Ass, Mirco Pruyser.
Belgium: Vincent Vanasch(GK), Felix Denayer, Simon Gougnard, Cédric Charlier, Victor Wegnez, Alexander Hendrickx, John-John Dohmen, Thomas Briels, Tom Boon, Sébastien Dockier, Loic Van Doren, Arthur Van Doren, Florent van Aubel, Loïck Luypaert, Arthur De Sloover, Emmanuel Stockbroekx, Nicolas De Kerpel, Gauthier Boccard.
Netherlands: Pirmin Blaak(GK), Billy Bakker, Mink van der Weerden, Thierry Brinkman, Valentin Verga, Seve van Ass, Robbert Kemperman, Mirco Pruijser, Sander Baart, Jeroen Hertzberger, Lars Balk.
Belgium: Vincent Vanash(GK), Arthur van Doren, Loick Luyparet, Gauthier Boccard, Thomas Briels, Florent van Aubel, Felix Denayer, Alexander Hendrickx, Arthur de Sloover, Simon Gougnard, Sebastien Dockier.
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Belgium: Felix Denayer, Sebastien Dockier, Arthur van Doren, Florent van Aubel and Alexander Hendrickx will be the players to rely upon.
Netherlands: Mink van der Weerden, Jeroen Hertzberger, Robbert Kemperman, Mirco Pruijser will be the key picks from Netherlands.