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Hockey World Cup 2018: 3 Reasons why Netherlands won against Canada

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272   //    12 Dec 2018, 00:05 IST

The Dutch played with just the quarterfinals in their mind
The Dutch played with just the quarterfinals in their mind

The FIH Hockey World Cup 2018 being held at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar has turned into a nail-biting thriller almost at par with the current FIFA World Cup 2018.

For the first time, every team in the tournament has an equal chance towards the World Cup, from stalwarts like Australia and Germany to the Indian hosts, to even teams like France who initially stood no chance, being one of the weakest teams in the entire tournament.

With the end of the final leg of crossovers, Belgium and Netherlands have made it to the quarterfinals. However, the match between Netherlands and Canada proved that one-sided affairs, even if few, still exists in the FIH World Cup.

Despite being having struggled against the likes of Germany in the league stage, the Dutch were no pushovers. Against Canada, their attacking outfit proved to everyone that they're no pushovers.

Right from the word go, the Dutch played with just one objective in mind: the quarterfinals. Despite struggling throughout the match in terms of the penalty corner, it was the attacking outfit, coupled by a decent defence structure that came to the rescue of Netherlands.

From the word go, the Dutch played as if there was no tomorrow.

Exploiting every chance that came their way, the Dutch team opened their account in the second quarter, when star striker and penalty shootout expert Mirco Pruijser scored on a crisp pass in the 16th minute.

From there, there was no looking back, as the Oranje outfoxed the Canadian players at every point. By the time the final whistle blared in the stadium, the score read 5-0, just like how Belgium pummeled Pakistan.

Belgium had just not defeated Pakistan, they had whacked them out of the competition. Following are the three reasons why Netherlands pummeled Canada in style.

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#3 A weak Canadian resistance

A weak Canadian resistance
A weak Canadian resistance

From the beginning of the match, the writing was on the wall. Despite having been compelled to play in the crossover round, it was clear who would take home the ticket for the quarterfinals, when Netherlands played Canada in the final crossover.

From the start, Netherlands attacked Canada with full vigor. Despite having to struggle in the first quarter, the Dutch found success, with Lars Balk opening the scoring for Netherlands in the 16th minute. From there, there was officially no looking back.

Apart from the fierce attack, the one factor that made the job for Netherlands all the more easier was the sluggish and completely ineffective resistance from the Canadian side.

Despite having lost to Belgium in the opening encounter, Canada showed promise, owing to having made the Red Lions sweat for a simple win.

However, the drubbing at the hands of the hosts, i.e Team India probably took a toll on their conscience, as they couldn't offer even a significant resistance against the Dutch side.

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