Bhubaneswar. Three-time champions the Netherlands cruised into the quarter-finals straight away at the FIH Men’s Hockey World Cup with a record 14-0 win over debutants Chile, while Malaysia stunned New Zealand 3-2 to finish second in Pool C, here on Thursday. Achieved it. The Netherlands topped Pool C with nine points from three wins in three matches, while Malaysia finished second with six points from two wins.
In the second match of the day, the world number three team Netherlands won the biggest margin in a World Cup match by scoring a goal at will against the 23rd ranked team. The record for the biggest win in the Hockey World Cup was earlier held by world number one team Australia, who thrashed South Africa 12-0 in New Delhi. The Netherlands, three-time World Cup winners and runners-up in the last two editions, earned 18 penalty corners and converted six. Chile earned only two penalty corners.
Jip Janssen (6th, 29th, 34th, 44th minutes) and captain Thierry Brinkmann (25th, 33rd, 58th minutes) scored hat-tricks for the Netherlands, while Con Bijen (40th, 45th minutes) scored twice. Derk de Wilder (22nd), Theis van Dam (23rd), Terrance Peters (37th), Justin Blok (42nd) and Teune Bens (48th) scored one goal each for the team. All four of Jansen’s goals came from penalty corners. Earlier, Malaysia’s star player Faizal Saari (8th, 56th minute) scored twice while Raji Rahim converted a penalty corner in the 42nd minute. With this, No. 11 Malaysia defeated No. 9 New Zealand 3-2 in the other match of Pool C.
For New Zealand, Hayden Phillips scored in the 51st and Simon Lan scored in the 52nd minute. With this, the team finished third in Pool C with just one win. Chile did not win any match. The Netherlands qualified directly for the last eight round. Malaysia and New Zealand will play ‘crossover’ matches for a place in the quarterfinals. The top teams from the four pools will make it directly to the last eight, while the second and third placed teams will play ‘crossover’ matches to fill the remaining four spots. Chile will play qualification matches for the 5th to 16th places.