Dutch to face Bel­gium in World Cup fi­nal

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RESULTS / ROUND-UP -

NETHER­LANDS bat­tled past twotime de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Aus­tralia in a penalty shoot-out to set up an all-Euro­pean World Cup fi­nal against Bel­gium in Bhubaneswar, In­dia Af­ter the scores were level at 2-2 in reg­u­lar time, the Dutch won 4-3 in the sud­den death shoot-out.

The Dutch looked in con­trol when they took a 2-0 half-time lead, courtesy of goals from Glenn Schu­ur­man and Seve van Ass.

Aus­tralia’s Tim Howard con­verted a penalty cor­ner in the 45th minute to set up an in­tense fi­nale be­fore Ed­die Ock­enden equalised with less than 30 sec­onds left on the clock.

Ear­lier, Bel­gium had thrashed Eng­land 6-0 to reach their first World Cup fi­nal. It was Eng­land’s third straight World Cup semi-fi­nal de­feat as they strug­gled to cre­ate chances at the Kalinga Sta­dium.

Thomas Briels-led Bel­gium im­proved on their pre­vi­ous best fifth­place fin­ish achieved four years ago in The Hague.

In the last few years Bel­gium have built a rep­u­ta­tion as a team with at­tack­ing flair but their dis­plays in the tour­na­ment so far have shown they also boast a dis­ci­plined de­fen­sive unit.

With 2017 World Goal­keeper of the Year Vin­cent Vanasch, the Red Lions de­fence have con­ceded just five goals in six matches.

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