Dutch men win group, meet England in hockey semi-finals

A 6-0 win over Austria put the Dutch men’s hockey team back at the top of Group A on Wednesday evening, sealing a semi-final clash with England at the European championships in Amsterdam.

Germany take on Belgium, who were handed a surprise 2-0 defeat by Spain in the final group match, in the other semi-final. The men’s semis take place on Friday.

It’s the same line up in the women’s semi-finals. Belgium meet Germany late on Thursday afternoon, while England and Oranje close the day’s play.

The Oranje women are hoping for revenge against England, who beat them at the Rio Olympics and the European championships in London, both times on shoot-outs. Ironically, England’s keeper Maddie Hinch plays for Dutch club SCHC, along with three of the Dutch team.