videoDutch hockey and hockey players won a professional league match against Germany. It wasn’t easy for both teams, but the home country had to believe it. National coach Jeroen Delmy’s team won 2-3. Hockey players win with the same numbers.
So far, the Orange team has been in the professional league: eight wins and two draws, after which the hockey players got the bonus point through a penalty shootout. And in the first part of the double match with Germany, they also held their undefeated status.
Although Germany took the lead with a superb corner kick from Mats Grambusch: 1-0. Tim Swain – also from a penalty kick – tied the score again, after which Joep de Mol gave Holland the lead: 1-2. The defender made the fiftieth goal for Orange under the guidance of national coach Delmy.
Germany fought in the third quarter with a penalty kick by Gonzalo Pilate. However, the Netherlands pulled out the longest straw thanks to Quinn Bijen, who cleverly used his body and tipped Dennis Warmerdam’s cross behind the German goalkeeper: 2-3.
The hockey players won and gave Delmée a record: no national coach went unbeaten in their first 12 matches except him. Jules Ancione was unbeaten in his first 11 games as a national hockey coach in 1970.
Tomorrow, the Netherlands will play again against Germany (2:30 pm). Orange leads the Pro League.
The women showed a lot of resilience in Hamburg. Interim national coach Jamilon Mulders took over the match after the first half ended with a 3-2 score. Frederic Matla scored the winning goal about five minutes before the end, on a rebound from a suspended penalty kick.
The Dutch fell back in the first quarter via Sarah Strauss. Sonia Zimmermann doubled Germany’s lead in the second quarter with a penalty kick. Felice Albers restored the tension after the end of the first half and at the end of the third quarter Ledwig Wilton tied the score. Mulders’ team won in the last stage.
Earlier in the week, the German national coach presented Orange his picks for next month’s World Cup in the Netherlands and Spain. Eva de Guede, who has nearly recovered from a serious knee injury, is also one of those. German women have not yet competed. Germany and the Netherlands will meet again on Sunday in Hamburg (11.30 am).
The Orange team is second only to Argentina in the Pro League.
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