FIH Pro League 2020: Strange and exciting are the ways of modern day hockey. As the FIH Pro League 2020 moved to its next stage, it witnessed an unusual game with players of two teams recording a hat-trick of goals each. Though both Jip Janssen and Josep Romeu three goals each from penalty corners for the Netherlands and Spain, respectively, Jip was little lucky. He not only got man of the match award but also scored four goals, fourth, perhaps decisive, was a field goal.
Jip Janseen’s performance gave the Netherlands its first full three points win as his team had ended with a single points from its opening round games against India the Netherlands had five penalty corners in the game against four by Spain. Not even a single corner was awrded in the second quarter.
Jip Janseen scored from penalty corners in the 2nd, 48th and 50th minutes while his field goal came in the 15th minute. On the other hand Jospe Romeu scored from penalty corners in the 5th, 37th and 58th minutes. Incidentally,
It was a fast, frenetic and goal-filled match between two of Europe’s top hockey nations was played out in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Estadio Betero in Valencia. Both Spain and the Netherlands were chasing their first win of the FIH Hockey Pro League after each took just one point from their opening weekend of action, against Germany and India respectively.
The Netherlands started the quicker and took the lead through Jip Janssen – the first of three goals for the striker. It will not be often that Josep Romeu scores a hat trick and ends up on the losing side but that is what happened in this match. Janssen was joined on the scoreboard by Jonas de Geus and Head Coach to the Netherlands Max Caldas will be pleased that his side scored more than it conceded.
Player of the Match, Janssen said: “I think I can always add something to the team with the penalty corner. It is for me to do the end part of the penalty corner. The injection was very good, as was the stop, so I do the last part.”
Captain of Spain Miguel Delas, who reached his 250th cap in this match, said: “I want to thank all the team mates who have helped me reach 250 caps. It was good to achieve that in front of the crowds here in Valencia. But for us, we want to win and that is what we want to do in the coming matches. It is what we will be trying to do tomorrow.”