The Netherlands have convincingly reached the quarterfinals at the World Cup in India, where hosts India awaits on Thursday in a sold out stadium.
Canada was convincingly pushed aside on Tuesday in a 5-0 win for the Dutch. Despite the big win, it wasn’t all smiles for the Men of Oranje as a serious injury to defender Sander de Wijn, who left the field in tears, as his World Cup campaign came to an end.
After plenty of chances in the first quarter for Bob de Voogd, it was defender Lars Balk who had a rare excursion into the D to open the scoring at the beginning of the second quarter. After a good attack on the right, it was Balk who drove the ball into the upper corner immaculately. Just seconds after the re-star, the Dutch team earned a penalty stroke, after a foul on Jeroen Hertzberger, which was well saved by David Carter in the Canada net.
A delightful triangle of short passes ended up with Hertzberger finding an open Thijs van Dam, who shot hard and low to the corner, for Kemperman to deflect in to the open net. The third quarter didn’t go to plan as experienced defender Sander de Wijn was carried off the pitch with a suspected hamstring tear. Supported by the medical staff, Sander left the field in tears. It seems the end of the tournament, for the strong defender who was absent for a year from Orange because of his studies.
The lead in the third quarter could have been expanded early on, through open chances from Valentin Verga and Bob de Voogd, had their vision been sharper. It was Thijs van Dam who eased the pressure to make it 3-0 from close range, after a strong effort from Seve van Ass. Robbert Kemperman made a fine solo run before passing to Thierry Brinkman for the fourth. Thijs van Dam was on the scoresheet once again to make it 5-0 and game over. The Netherlands will now play their quarterfinal on Thursday, probably without Sander de Wijn. Reserve Joep de Mol, who already arrived in India this weekend, seems to be the most logical replacement