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Netherlands claims 5th place at Hero Men’s Champions Trophy 2014

Beats Argentina 4-1

ARG vs NED (8)

Bhubaneswar, 14 December 2014: Netherlands salvaged a fifth place finish at the Hero Men’s Champions Trophy with a 4-1 win over Argentina in Bhubaneswar, scoring four times in the final quarter to turn things around after trailing 1-0.

The first quarter saw precious few chances either side as the Dutch held a lot of ball while Argentina lay in wait on the counter-attack. From one such move forward, Matias Parades broke the deadlock when he converted Matias Rey’s pass with a nicely taken backhand stroke.

The Dutchmen fought hard to get on the board before half-time but Argentine goalie Manuel Vivaldi and his defenders stood firm. The third quarter followed a similarly close-knit but the Oranje got level in the 47th minute when Mink van der Weerden rocketed home his fourth goal of the competition from a penalty corner. Jeroen Hertzberger won it with five minutes to go when he took in a right wing pass from Rogier Hofman, beat one man and fired home an inch-perfect reverse-stick shot for 2-1. The Dutch then added one more soon after while Argentina had removed their goalkeeper to chase an equaliser with Constantijn Jonker popping into the empty net.

Hertzberger then added a penalty stroke at the death to complete a misleading looking scoreline.

A happy Netherlands Captain Robert Horst said post the match “It was a tough game, Argentina played very well. Their defence was very tough but we came back in the fourth quarter. I am proud of the boys, they played very well throughout the tournament. Unfortunately we manage only the 5th position in the tournament. From here we will practice more to come back to our earlier position.

Argentina player Gonzalo Peillat said “We tried hard today but they proved better than us. We had them trailing in the first 3 quarters, but lost focus in the last quarter where they got back into the game and won the match. From here we are looking forward to the next tournament that we have in line for us.

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