Goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak of the Netherlands hockey players could Saturday night not believe his luck after reaching the world cup final. The Dutchman was worth its weight in gold for Orange against defending champions Australia in the decisive shoot-out of Daniel Beale to stop.
“The discharge is very large,” said a euphoric Blaak right after the match in India against Hockey.nl. “At the last shoot-out picked up my guess to get the ball away to save well and then it is quite bold to make such a thing together with your teammates to celebrate. It tastes like more.”
Orange defended in the final stage of the second half for a 2-1-lead and seemed on their way to a narrow victory in Bhubaneswar, but Australia forced still shoot-outs by near the end of the second half to draw.
“It is at its Rotterdam said fucked like twenty seconds to time the ball through your legs is tapped,” says the thirty years ‘ Blaak on the late equalizer. “That is, you really don’t. Fortunately, we won the match, then as a team over the finish line.”
The netherlands against Belgium in the world cup final
According to Jeroen Hertzberger, who in the shoot-outs two times target hit, it was not difficult to stay calm under great pressure. “Of course it was just as intense, but it is also a matter of lots of practice. In the first shoot-out I had maybe a little bit of luck. In the second, I knew that it was going to be okay.”
“It was, of course, oliedom that we just for time the second half received any money, but we have at this world cup, however, more remarkable things happened. We have remained positive. The trend was: via the shoot-outs.”
The netherlands, that in the history of three-time world champion, takes on Sunday in the final of the world cup against Belgium. ‘The Red Lions’ drew earlier on Saturday in the other semi-final showdown with 6-0 against England.
Hockey players reach world cup final after shoot-outs against defending champion Australia