Sunday, June 1, 2014

Netherlands, Germany launch campaign with impressive wins


Hosts Netherlands made a rousing start to their campaign in the Rabobank World Cup, humbling Argentina 3-1 in a men’s Pool B tie at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague. The 3rd ranked side drew first blood through Valentin Verga in the 26th minute, before the 11th ranked Argentineans evened things up through a penalty corner conversion by drag-flick expert Gonzalo Peillat as both sides were locked 1-1 at half-time.

The Dutch regained the lead early in the second half when Mink van der Weerden fired home a short corner. The home side chalked up the insurance goal through Rogier Hoffman midway through the second half and went on to seal a convincing win.

Meanwhile, world number one and 2010 runner-up Germany were in cruise mode, easing to a 4-0 win. Vastly experienced Chritstopher Zellar gave the black brigade the lead before Thilo Stralkowski doubled it close to half-time. Matt Grambusch made it 3-0 in the 56th minute before Oliver Korn netted the fourth three minutes later to pave the way for a high satisfying 4-0 win. In another men’s Pool B tie New Zealand sneaked past Korea 2-1.

In the women’s section, 10th ranked USA created an upset of sorts upstaging England 2-1, while 6th ranked Germany drew 7th ranked China 1-1. Defending champions and 2nd ranked Argentina crushed 11th ranked South Africa 4-1.

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