Bhubaneswar, Dec 11: Netherlands will face host India in the quarterfinal match of the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup at Kalinga Stadium on December 13, as they edged out Canada by 5-0 in the last crossover match here on Tuesday.
Canada had done quite well to hold the mighty Netherlands in the first quarter with their defence. It was not a easy task to stop Oranje who scored 16 goals in the meet before this match, while they kept attacking from both the wings.
Netherlands got a PC in the last minute of first quarter, but the dragflicker Mink van der Weerden shut it above the Canadian post.
Jorrit Croon opened the account for Netherlanders in the 16th minute, while he received a pass from Glenn Schuurman from the right corner.
Back to back action again, Netherlanders got a penalty stroke in the 17th minute, highest capped of the team Jeroen Hertzberger took the strike, however Canadian goalkeeper David Carter made brilliant save with his left foot and bagged the man of the match award.
Thijs van Dam joined the goal shower by scoring third goal for the Oranje in the 20th minute to end the first half with 2-0 lead.
It was a uphill task for Canada to qualify for the quarterfinals. The Netherlands won back to back PC in the 37 minute but could not able to convert those. So far they awarded with 23 PC in the meet, but succeeded in four times. Thijs van Dam was scored his second individual goal in the 40th minute to script a 3-0 lead for the team.
Charged Netherlands team kept their pressure on and on again, Kemperman Robbert rushed into the Canadian circle and passed Brinkman, who tapped the ball into an open post in the 41st minute.
Just two minutes to go for the final whistle, Thijs van Dam nailed his hat-trick in the 58th minute to sealed the match 5-0 in favour of Netherlands. (UNI)