In an thrilling and at occasions loopy third group match, the Oranje Heren gained 10-7 in opposition to Belgium. Similar to in opposition to Germany, Robert Tigges’ staff needed to work onerous to make up for a deficit. This time, the comeback – after a 1-5 and 3-6 rating – additionally paid off within the type of three factors.
The Dutch began the European Championship on Thursday with an 8-2 victory over the Czech Republic, adopted by the dramatic defeat in opposition to Germany (6-5). The query was whether or not males had coped with that disappointing loss. The staff of nationwide coach Robert Tigges confirmed character in opposition to Germany and fought again properly after 5-5 after a 5-2 deficit. However two seconds later the Germans nonetheless struck mercilessly and thus took the complete spoils.
Earlier on that Thursday, opponent Belgium had one level left over from the duel with Germany (4-4). Whether or not they had been at peace with that within the Belgian camp was nonetheless the query. The staff misplaced a 4-1 lead. Later within the day, the Belgians misplaced no probability in opposition to world champion Austria (6-2).
Derby ready touchdown
The Netherlands and Belgium met one another final weekend in Brussels for an exhibition match. That duel had no winner. It grew to become 5-5. Two years in the past on the European Championships, the Derby of the Low Nations was additionally performed within the group stage. In Berlin, the Orange was too sturdy 7-4.
This time the boys of nationwide coach Robert Tigges had been once more on the fitting aspect of the rating. But it surely wasn’t straightforward. Philippe Simar initially appeared to change into the executioner of Orange. The 27-year-old Belgian, who confirmed his calling card in opposition to Germany earlier this event with three hits, scored 5 of six Belgian objectives.
It turned out to not be sufficient for a Belgian victory, because the Dutch staff crossed the road after the break, particularly within the fourth quarter. And that victory appeared very far-off given the sport earlier than the break.
After solely 4 minutes, the Dutch staff was behind when Simar outplayed keeper Hidde Brink and pushed the ball in opposition to the ropes. Moments earlier than, each had been additionally eye-to-eye with one another after which Brink emerged because the winner. He additionally hit the publish twice within the first quarter.
Alternatives for Orange
Did Orange provide nothing in opposition to that? Sure actually. After a advantageous cross by the crossbar from Nicki Leijs, Max Sweering ran into keeper Romain Henet, who then additionally deflected a shot from Boris Burkhardt. Simply earlier than the top of the primary quarter, the captain of the Dutch staff pushed in opposition to the crossbar from a penalty nook.
The staff was due to this fact near the equalizer, however the second quarter had barely began when Belgium got here 2-0 through Simar, adopted two minutes later by a placing shot from a tough angle by Gaetan Dykmans.
Max Sweering shortly lowered the deficit by a used penalty ball, however the Orange couldn’t get any nearer. Two objectives from Simar elevated the Belgian result in 5-1.
At that second, Joey Fontaine had taken over the place underneath the crossbar from Brink within the Orange squad. Brink was substituted at halftime. Regardless of the large backlog, the Orange didn’t hold its head. Bram van Battum and Sweering scored from a penalty nook variant. However once more there was Simar who put Belgium on 3-6. Burkhardt then narrowed the deficit to 4-6.
Orange attracts duel to itself
With that rating, the groups began the final quarter. The Orange managed to show the deficit right into a lead in a spectacular approach through hits from Jeroen Hertzberger, Jasper Tukkers and once more Sweering.
Sweering then obtained a yellow card. Orange needed to proceed in numbers. The Belgian nationwide coach determined to take his keeper apart for an additional discipline participant. The Netherlands survived that state of affairs unscathed. After a foul on the returning Sweering, the Orange staff was awarded a penalty nook. With no keeper on the right track, Bakker simply pushed within the nook for 8-6.
Dykmans elevated the stress yet another time by scoring to slender the deficit to 8-7. The Belgians risked every little thing within the hunt for the equalizer. The Orange gratefully benefited from this and thru hits from Bakker and Burkhardt, the end result grew to become 10-7. A victory with shine after a beautiful comeback.