Dutch prove too strong for Red Lions

The Belgian men’s hockey team lost its European Championship semi-final in the German city of Mönchengladbach on Friday evening. Despite proving an even match for their Dutch opponents during the first half, the Red Lions lost the match 2-4. Belgium will take on England in the play-off for third place and a bronze medal.

Although the favourites, the Netherlands, had the lion’s share of possession during much of the first half, the Belgians made the most of the possession they had and the half ended all square at 2-2.

The Red Lions were even in front for a minute or so, after a well taken equaliser by Van Aubel and a goal by Gougnard from a penalty corner.

However, Taekema made it 2-2 for the Dutch from another penalty corner.
It was Taekema that made it 3-2 to the Netherlands after which it was pretty much all one-way traffic.

The Dutch went 4-2 a head later in the second half and had two efforts cleared from the line.

Despite losing the match the Belgian till will pleased with what it has achieved at year’s European Championships and will look forward to competing in next year’s Olympic Games in London.