Tokyo Olympics: GB’s defense of their women’s hockey title is OVER as they are thrashed by the Netherlands
Revenge for the Dutch! Team GB’s defense of their women’s Olympic hockey title is OVER after being beaten 5-1 by Rio 2016 finalists Netherlands in a one-sided semi-final… pitting the British against Argentina or India in the bronze medal match
Revenge was served piping hot as the Netherlands expelled GB — and expelled Rio heartache — on a blazing, brutal Tokyo morning.
In 2016, with the BBC News slowing and a country hooked, goalkeeper Maddie Hinch took gold in a dramatic penalty shootout after a pulse-pounding 3-3 draw between the two sides.
But unfortunately there was no repeat in a lopsided semi-final. Not even the slightest hint of one.
The Netherlands ousted Team GB – banishing Rio’s grief – to win 5-1 in the semi-finals
The Netherlands will compete against the winner of the other semi-final between Argentina and India for the gold medal
GB keeper Maddie Hinch conceded five goals in humid conditions in the Japanese capital
With a mercury of 32°C and a humidity of 71 percent, Mark Hager’s side had no answer for a rolling, brilliant orange machine that illustrates why they are the world’s best.
Five goals – one for every year they had to wait to get their own back – in a relentless display of relentless attacks.
A Dutch double, two goals in two minutes at the start of the second quarter by Felice Albers and Marloes Keetels, almost the death of a lesson.
It is perhaps understandable that after their bitter experience in Brazil, they showed no mercy. On attack, they were more dynamic and imaginative. They were strong on defense.
After their quick-fire brace, Maria Verschoor added third in the third with a terrific, reactive tap from a penalty corner to add to the pain, with GB barely controlling a shot in anger, and before the quarter was out Albers grabbed a second from close by to make it four.
A reaction came late when Giselle Ansley came in from a penalty corner, but the peace was short-lived. The prolific Frederique Matla put away her ninth of the competition early in the fourth and the misery was complete.
The Netherlands simply had too much for Great Britain on a sweltering morning in Tokyo
GB defeated the Netherlands on penalties to win gold in Rio, but revenge was taken on Wednesday
The end came, fortunately, at 12.10 pm with the temperature reaching 33C. Questions should be put to the organizers on a day when GB could not find answers.
The Netherlands shot through their group and won all five games. New Zealand was pushed aside 3-0 in the quarter-finals. After this, few would bet that they would do better than Rio.
For Britain, bronze is the best they can do.