Hockey World Cup: Netherlands thrash Pakistan 5–1

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 09, 2018, 09.51 PM(IST)

Players of Pakistan and Netherlands in action during a Men's Hockey World Cup 2018 match. Photograph:( Twitter )

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The clinical Dutch side beat Green Shirts 5-1 to finish 2nd in Group D. However, Pakistan has still made the crossover, having finished 3rd.

Pakistan lost a must-win match to the Netherlands at the Hockey World Cup 2018 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.

The clinical Dutch side beat Green Shirts 5-1 to finish 2nd in Group D. However, Pakistan has still made the crossover, having finished 3rd.

India will face the winner of the crossover between Netherlands & Canada, while Germany face the winner of Belgium & Pakistan in quarter-finals.

According to the current standings of Pool D, Pakistan’s goal difference is -1 whereas Malaysia’s goal difference is -6.

Pakistan have won five times (including a shootout), while Netherlands have won thrice and two games have ended in a draw.

Netherlands, currently ranked fourth in the world, thumped Malaysia 7-0 in their opening game while Pakistan, ranked 13, went down fighting 0-1 to Germany.

The men in green were held by Malaysia 1-1 in their next game, while Netherlands were beaten 4-1 by Germany.

Captain Mohammad Rizwan Senior has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament due to a fractured finger. He will be replaced by Arslan Qadir.