02 December 2018
Bhubaneswar: Asian Games silver medallist Malaysia, coached by legendary Dutchman Roelant Oltmans, were expected to produce a tough fight last night in Bhubaneswar during Odisha Hockey Men’s Wolrd Cup but the world number 4 Netherlands turned out to be a much superior opponent.
Jeroen Hertzberger scored a hat-trick to helped Netherlands demolish Malaysia 7-0 in opening Pool D encounter at the ongoing men’s hockey World Cup on Saturday. Besides Hertzberger (11th, 29th, 60th minutes), Mirco Pruijser (21st), Mink van der Weerden (35th), Robbert Kemperman and Thierry Brinkman (57th) were the other goal scorers for the three-time champions.
If not for the veteran Malaysian goalkeeper Kumar Subramaniam’s heroics, the margin of defeat could have been bigger for the Asian side, said sports critics. The gap in quality between the two sides can be gauged from the fact that Netherlands had 29 shots at the goal as against Malaysia’s just three, they added.
Malaysia will next play Pakistan on December 5, while Netherlands will be up against Germany.