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Netherlands Beat Japan
22 Jan 2002 15:16

KUALA LUMPUR, Tues: Holland recorded their first win in the Six-Nation

Invitational tournament, beating the demoralized Japanese side 6-0 at the

National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

With the win, Holland has collected four points with their final match

against hosts Malaysia on Thursday.

They still have a mathematical chance of qualifying for the final provided

table leaders Pakistan and Australia falter in their remaining matches.

Japan have now conceded a total of 15 goals in the last two matches which

including Monday’s 9-1 loss against the Pakistanis.

The star of the Dutch team was Karel Klaver who blasted in a hat trick. He

scored Holland’s opening goal in the 14th minute and added another two in

the 55th and 66th minute respectively.

Holland coach Joosf Bellaart was satisfied with his team’s performance

although he said that his team should have scored a bigger win.

“The players started off badly in the opening 10 minutes letting our

opponents to take control of the match.

“But the players managed to regroup fast to score six goals in this match.

Teun De Nooijer scored a brace in the 38th and 65th minute while the other

goal was scored by Taeke Taekema (44th).

Japanese’s team manager Tochi Nagai was happy with his players though they

are the only team without a point in this tournament.

“We are here for the experience and that is one reason why we have not

employed defensive tactics against stronger teams.

“I’m confident that the team will be better prepared for next month’s World

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