Tuesday 03 August 2021

Dutch men take European hockey title on shoot outs

Thierry Brinkman with the trophy. Photo: Koen Suyk

The Dutch men’s hockey team have taken the European title after beating Germany on shoot-outs.

The Netherlands looked destined for second place in the final but Jip Janssen scored from a penalty corner in the dying seconds of the game to take the score to 2-2 at the end of regular time.

Oranje went on to win the title for the sixth time after keeper Pirmin Blaak kept the second German shoot out attempt away from the goal and the third player missed the net.

Coach Max Caldas said after the match that the result is a ‘good sign’ for the rest of the summer, by which he referred to the Dutch high hopes at the Olympic Games.

On Sunday, the Dutch women’s team also meet Germany in their final. The Oranje women are defending champions and hoping to make it three titles in a row.

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