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Online analysis from Maurits Hendriks (right) and Tayyab Ikram (left) at the 23rd Men's Champions Trophy Rotterdam
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11.00 Bronze Medal Match - Pakistan vs Netherlands
NED forced to make change to starting line up when van WEEL injured himself, so they are starting with LOMANS.
Both teams start unchanged from their previous match.
Looks like we have a very open match with a lot of space between offence and defence – both teams
If you allow for that type of game, we will see a lot of circle penetrations, but it also means that it will be very difficult to control this match
1st penalty corner, the dutch used their now main striker TAEKEMA, no doubt we will see LOMANS performing later on
PAK seems to have decided to keep KASHIF playing in the dutch half, playing him very deep
What is going to be interesting, is to see if the dutch GEERIS will play an important role in attack, because he’s not marking SHAHBAZ, so they’re both unmarked.
first time we see GEERIS, completely open deep in the 25, being allowed to give a pass to de NOOIJER at the top of the D, who shoot right and low to score
SHAHBAZ seems to be looking for a through pass from his midfield, whereas GEERIS is joining in deep attack
Another interesting decision – with de NOOIJER playing centre half, he finds himself with a lot of space, because SAQLAIN as a typical Pakistan centre half, is playing deep defence
Dutch played their 3rd pc, variation back to the left, to the pushout, an option that every country has used against PAK, the option still seems to be open. The shot was pushed wide
Fast break with EIKELBOOM and de NOOIJER, leading to several shots on goal! Ronald BROUWER, scoring. 2-0
NED taking advantage of space between PAK’s forward line and defence line
What is especially hurting PAK, is that the centre half SAQLAIN, is not playing link, he’s playing deep defence
The Dutch have had 4 pcs so far with no conversions and seem to be persisting with TAEKEMA as the direct flicker
First time that USMANN joins the attack, earning them a pc. Its shows how important support from defence is for PAK. We have not seen many penetrations from WASEEM or USMANN
First penetration by WASEEM of PAK, PAK is putting their backs in to join the attack, therefore leaving themselves very vulnerable at the back
Successful penalty flick from TAEKEMA 3 – 0
Penalty stroke came from a fast break from NED, playing a 4 against 3, prompting a bad tackle from PAK
PAK are allowing a lot of space at the back. They need to become effective in NED’s 25, or they will be punished for it
Half time summary
The open PAK defence has led to 22 circle penetrations from NED, allowing them 14 shots on goal
The good side is that the Dutch are balancing their attack between left and right. We see that they are consistently penetrating left, right and centre.
Whereas from the 9 PAK penetrations, 5 came from the right, 2 from the centre, 2 from the left. Therefore a predominately right sided attack. 5 shots on goal
A high number of shots on goal from both teams shows that their penetrations usually come from a fast breaking attack, at times with superiority in numbers
Both teams unchanged at the start of the second half
PAK playing full press on NED defence, TAEKEMA losing possession and KASHIF receiving the ball in the circle to score
PAK 1 – 3 NED
NED respond to score - PAK not ready, NED take it from push out to find EIKELBOOM open in the circle.
PAK 1 – 4 NED
NED are playing with one forward deep in the circle, whenever they have possession, therewith creating a lot of space in the midfield, by keeping PAK full backs occupied in deep defence
PAK is not able to use both their wingers, they rely on centre lain attack, playing into the NED defence. They need to start using USMANN or WASEEM on the outside, or get the ball to their wingers.
NED continues to use TAEKEMA, without result from the pc
NED are playing a very high tempo passing game, constantly shifting from through to flat passing, finding zones between forwards and insides and spaces in front of the halfs
Goal - First pc that LOMANS flicks gives NED 5 – 1
NED pc - Shall they continue with LOMANS?
Yes, a LOMANS flick and a line save from TARIQ
NED are finding space everywhere. If they continue this tempo, we’ll see more goals. They’re especially effective in pulling the two full backs away from each other
PAK continues to play through the centre, relying very much on KASHIF. NED has slowed their tempo
Game looks like it’s locked
Two NED fast breaks, but the sting is lost
Tackle from LOMANS on SHAHBAZ. Very harsh decision by LOCKHART awarding a PAK the stroke. ABBAS scores
PAK 2 – 5 NED
Final score: PAK 2 – 5 NED
13 NED penetrations, 16 from PAK
Again PAK predominately right side centre and NED again evenly balanced. The other difference is both receive 6 attempts on goal, the Dutch scoring one and getting 5 pcs. PAK getting scoring nil, getting nil pcs.
It looks the NED attack is far more versatile and that they have recreated balance in defence by restoring DELMEE to the position that he has played for so many years.
Congratulations to Holland!