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Netherlands crush Pakistan’s Olympic dreams with 6-1 demolition


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AMSTERDAM: Pakistan came into the game confident and idealistic. The Netherlands left them wounded and battered.

A day in the wake of shocking the hosts with a 4-4 attract the main leg of their Olympic qualifier, Pakistan came slamming sensible on Sunday as the Netherlands whipped them 6-1 to seal a 10-5 total triumph and punch their passes to Tokyo for one year from now’s Games.

Pakistan hockey: From champions to qualifiers

The Dutch were destroying on Sunday, hustling into a 4-0 lead at halftime with Mink van der Weerden scoring twice and Bjorn Kellerman and Mirco Pruijser both terminating home brilliant strike endeavors.

Terrance Pieters and Jip Janssen then scored over the course of about four minutes in the second from last quarter to viably end the challenge through and through before Rizwan Ali’s drag-flick change gave Pakistan a reassurance objective a short ways from time.

“It is a terrible day, we have passed up the Olympics,” said Pakistan’s Rashid Mehmood, as the three-time Olympic heroes passed up arriving at the Games for a second progressive time.

“We couldn’t make it [happen] in the subsequent game. The Dutch group shielded very well in the game today and we didn’t begin quite well, we committed a great deal of errors. In the primary half they exploited that. We couldn’t coordinate their pace in the primary half.”

Kellerman has scored with a hair-raising strike on Saturday and he was grinding away again on Sunday. Robbert Kemperman cut in from the privilege before discovering Kellerman on the left, who crushed a shocking strike into the base right corner from a regularly narrowing edge to give the Netherlands a ninth-minute lead.

Van der Weerden, who scored twice on Saturday including the last-heave leveler for the Dutch, multiplied their bit of leeway in the seventeenth, terminating in a punishment stroke after a quick assault was pessimistically stopped by the Pakistani barrier.

It was 3-0 five minutes after the fact with Pruijser breaking into the circle and completing clinically before Van der Weerden’s amazing drag-flick everything except quenched Pakistan’s expectations in the 28th.

“I think the beat we played today was much better, and I believe that had the effect,” said Van der Weerden. “Our beat on the ball was much better, there was significantly more vitality and that is a major contrast. It implies a great deal [to fit the bill for the Olympics]. The occasion we as a whole play for. Winning truly implies a great deal.”

Pakistan began brilliantly in the subsequent half however neglected to test the Dutch protection. Pieters struck a field objective in the 39th and it was before long pursued by Janssen’s punishment corner transformation. Rizwan got Pakistan on the scoresheet however it was short of what was needed.


Pakistan’s exhibition was absolutely inverse to the one 24 hours sooner.

Netherlands had begun the tie as solid top choices yet Pakistan led the pack on Saturday in the fifth moment through a drag-flick from Mubashar Ali.

Van der Weerden pulled the Dutch level when he opened home a punishment stroke in the twentieth moment and Kellerman scored in the exceptionally one minute from now to give the hosts the lead.

Ali Ghazanfar’s punishment corner change in the 25th moment saw the groups go into half-time tied 2-2.

Pakistan hurried up in the subsequent half and in the 38th moment, Rizwan scored from a punishment corner to give Pakistan the lead yet Kepperman’s field objective in the 52nd leveled the game once more.

Mubashar Ali however he’d scored the champ for Pakistan in the 58th yet Van der Weerden’s drag-flick grabbed a draw for the Dutch.

The outcome, however, was a major lift for Pakistan who had come into the game after 6-1 and 6-2 thrashings because of Germany in their warm-up matches for the Olympic qualifier.

Lamentably for them, however, they couldn’t bring that structure into the subsequent game.

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Pakistan won Olympic golds in 1960, 1968 and 1984 yet they have fallen on tough occasions as of late and haven’t medalled since asserting bronze at the 1992 Games in Barcelona. They currently need to manufacture again towards the 2024 Paris Olympics.