The Netherlands qualified for the semifinals from pool a in the women’s field hockey world cup here on Sunday with a close win over Germany.
Germany and Australia will meet in the last pool a match on Tuesday to decide the other semifinalist.
India took its first points of the tournament defeating Japan 2-0, and in the two local derbies, Netherlands won 2-1 over Germany to earn a semifinal berth and Australia defeated New Zealand 4-1.
Germany started the first half with goal by make stockel who finished Natascha Keller’s unchallenged run into the circle with a slap inside the left post.
Maartje Paumen failed to convert two penalty corner chances for Netherlands in the first half but opened the second half with an interchanged with Minke Smeets to flick in off Germany goalkeeper Kristina Reynolds.
Netherlands made the winning goal two minutes from time as Naomi van as set up Kim Lammers to make an easy push into goal.
Germany coach Michael Behrman felt as if he was watching a movie.
“sometimes it feels like you are in a movie, fighting hard and at the end Netherlands wins”, Behrman said
Netherlands coach Herman Kruis admitted his side had been shaded by Germany in the first half.