A hat-trick of goals by Jeroen Hertzberger helped silver medalists of last World Cup Netherlands to trounce Asian Games silver medalist Malaysia 7-0 in Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. This was the first game of pool D.
Jeroen Hertzbeger has become the first player to score a hat trick of goals in the current tournament. He scored the first, third and seventh goals for his team. He richly deserved the man of the match award.
Netherlands took a little time to settle down. Energetic and agile Malaysians tried to match their experienced and superior opponents in speed and skills but could not keep pace for long. It was in the 12th minute that Netherlands opened its account through a goal by Jeroen Hertzberger on which umpire sought a referral from the third umpire. For Jeroen, it was his 102nd goal in 214 games.
Later in the second quarter, Jeroen added another goal to his tally, this time a deflection from the hand shaking position with the goalkeeper. In between in the 21st minute Mirco Pruijser had scored a brilliant field goal to make it 2-0.
In all Netherlands had five penalty corners against one by Malaysia in the first half.
In the second half, the Dutch continued to be on the rampage. While Mink Weerden scored his first penalty corner goal of the tournament, Robbert Kemperman celebrated his 200th international cap with a brilliant field goal to put Netherlands 5-0 ahead. The fourth and fifth goals came in the 34thand 42nd minutes. For Robbert Kemperman it was his 47th international goal.
Three of four teams in pool B – Pakistan, Netherlands and Germany – have won the World Cup nine times. Malaysia is the only team in the pool without a World Cup medal.
Netherlands and Malaysia have played among themselves 12 games. Netherlands won 10 of these and lost only one while one game ended in a draw. Netherlands has scored 28 goals against Malaysia and conceded only six.
Man of the match: Jeroen Hertzberger