(Belga) Flat country duels between Red Lions and Oranje become true classics of world hockey, and even more so when they take place in the final stages of a major international tournament. In December 2018, in the World Cup final, the penalty shootout shifted in Belgium’s favour. On Thursday evening, the Dutch won this lottery, after the two teams could not decide between themselves at the end of the regular time (2-2).
For Shane McLeod, coach of the Belgian national team, his team made a “good match”. “I am really happy with the steps we have taken during this Euro. We should have had more matches like this while we were preparing. However, we learned a lot here at Amstelveen and have grown. I am not too disappointed with the result. It is always better to win, but we have fish Another to move it on in a very short time,” commented the New Zealand coach, who will be watching and analyzing this match from a more perspective in the next few hours. Especially since the Netherlands will be the number one contender for the Belgians just over a month ago at the start of the Olympic tournament. With 11 shots on goal, 5 Dutchmen, and 52.2 percent of possession, the Lions performed well against the team that beat them 0-4 two weeks ago in the Pro League. “Yes, I think we dominated the game tonight,” he replied. “However, it’s always difficult to take the Netherlands in front of their fans, which can ignite their enthusiasm. But I think the players have managed to maintain control of these outside elements. The last quarter was a bit tense, that’s right,” according to McLeod. (Belga)