Olympics-Hockey-Netherlands reaches women’s hockey final with 5-1 win over Great Britain | The powerful 790 KFGO
By Daniel Leussink
TOKYO (Reuters) – The Netherlands will advance to the Olympic women’s hockey final for the fifth consecutive time at the Tokyo Games after winning an inspiring 5-1 triumph over Rio 2016 Olympic champions Great Britain on Wednesday.
The Netherlands took the lead in the first half when Laurien Leurink beat his opponent and his pass reached 21-year-old striker Felice Albers who scored by shooting the ball in the legs of British goalkeeper Madeleine Hinch .
The Netherlands, who won silver at the Rio 2016 Games after winning first prize twice in a row at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, doubled the score less than a minute later with a powerful shot by Marloes Keetels.
The goals dealt a blow to the British side, who had given little against the Dutch favorites for the gold medal in the opening 15 minutes of the game.
Great Britain beat the Dutch team in a penalty shootout in the Rio 2016 Games final which won them gold. In Tokyo, the gap between the two sides was too big for Britain to close.
The Netherlands had already scored 21 goals before entering the semi-finals while conceding just two goals in their previous matches of the tournament.
After the break, the Netherlands extended their lead to 4-0 thanks to goals from Maria Verschoor and Albers.
Great Britain scored when Giselle Ansley took a penalty, before Frederique Matla did the same for the Netherlands, settling the final score.
The Netherlands will then face Argentina or India in the final on Friday, while Great Britain will play for bronze.
(Report by Daniel Leussink)