The Red Lions will not succeed themselves as European champions. The Belgian hockey men bit their teeth in the semi-finals on host country the Netherlands, which turned out to have the strongest nerves in the shoot-outs.
- 35′ De Kerpel 0-1
- 52 ‘Van Ass 1-1
- 53′ Hendrickx 1-2 (penalty corner)
- 56′ Hertzberger 2-2 (penalty corner)
Brilliant assist from Boccard, 2-2 after 60 minutes
The Netherlands-Belgium is a top poster in hockey. But with the exception of 2 missed penalty corners, there were hardly any opportunities to be seen before half-time.
It was bingo in the third quarter. Boccard played the ball brilliantly through the legs to De Kerpel. He remained cool-headed and dragged in the 0-1.
The Netherlands was thrown off balance. When Van Doren was knocked down firmly, Wegnez’s pot boiled over. He had to grumble for 2 minutes with a green card.
In the last 15 minutes of play, the Lions relinquished their lead. Van Ass punished Belgian loss of the ball mercilessly.
A minute later, specialist Hendrickx converted a penalty corner. The Lions on roses, but 3 minutes before the end, the Netherlands also kicked in a penalty corner. Shoot-outs were inevitable.
Lions only score once in shoot-outs
Belgium has good experiences with shoot-outs. Tonight the Lions had their nerves less under control.
When the Netherlands missed a 1st time at 1-1, Wegnez worked in the 1-2. But the ball didn’t cross the line in time. As a result, the goal was invalid.
With a 2nd miss by the Netherlands, Van Aubel also missed the chance of the 1-2. Van Dam caught the Orange’s 4th attempt against the net: 2-1.
Van Doren missed the chance to make it 2-2, got a second chance and also missed it. That meant that the next Dutch attempt could decide the game. Kroon did not let that pass. 3-1 in the shoot-outs for the Netherlands.
No 3rd European Championship final in a row for the Lions, who were defending champions at this tournament. On Saturday at 10 am, Belgium will play the small final against England.