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No 1 Dutch smash Britain to reach women’s field hockey final

November 22, 2018

CHANGZHOU, China (AP) — The world champion Netherlands clinched a berth in the Women’s Champions Trophy final after brushing aside Britain 4-0 on Thursday.

The Dutch pressure was relentless as they scored in each quarter and achieved a third straight clean sheet.

Marijn Veen claimed her fourth goal of the field hockey tournament after three minutes, Margot Zuidhof bagged the first of her pair with a nice turn and finish, Ginella Zerbo rifled in from the top of the circle, and Zuidhof finished off a great move down the right by Laura Nunnink.

Australia missed a chance to join them in the final after drawing with host China 0-0.

China made more of the running in the first half — notably Zhong Mengling missing an open goal near halftime — and Australia in the second half to finish on top in shots and circle entries.

Australia remained second overall and one point ahead of China in the standings. The Hockeyroos can reach the final by beating Japan on Saturday when the round robin concludes. China meets the Netherlands.

Japan was humbled 4-0 by Argentina which, after scoring one goal from a bagful of chances in its previous three games, finally executed.

Julieta Jankunas scored two, and Eugenia Trinchinetti’s and Agustina Gorzelany’s goals revived the titleholders’ hope of finishing the tournament with a bronze medal. They play Britain on Saturday.

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