Hockey World Cup 2018, Netherlands vs Pakistan: 3 Reasons why the Netherlands won 5-1
Pakistan took on the Netherlands in their final game of Pool D with the second place at stake. Pakistan needed a win to qualify as the second placed team from their Pool.
The Pakistani defence had lived upto its billing by putting up solid performances against Germany and Malaysia.
There was an intense start to the match as both sides struck one goal each in the first quarter. A first time finish from Valentin Verga then restored the lead for the Dutch in the 27th minute.
In the second half, it was a vintage display from the Dutch that completely blew away Pakistan.
The forward line kept on creating chance after chance as the Pakistani defence looked shell-shocked. Goals from Bob de Voogd, Jorrit Croon and Mink Van Der Weerden ensured a comfortable 5-1 win over for the Dutch.
Let us take a look at the three reasons why the Dutch beat Pakistan 5-1.
#3 Pakistani defence falls apart
Pakistan's defence had been in very good form in the first two games. They restricted both Germany and Malaysia to just one goal apiece in the first two games of the tournament.
The likes of Aleem Bilal, Mubashar Ali and Rashid Mehmood were very impressive against Germany.
However, they were brought to their knees by a superlative performance from the Dutch. The forward line consistently exploited the space on the wings with the trio of Jeroen Hertzberger, Seve Van Ass and Thierry Brinkman causing havoc.
Aleem Bilal particularly had a torrid time in defence, conceding some soft penalty corners. The game was pretty close at half-time but the Dutch completely dominated in the second half, scoring three more goals.
Had it not been for the brilliance of Imran Butt who managed to keep out seven short corners from Mink Van Der Weerden, Pakistan would have even struggled to qualify for the crossovers.