Powerhouse Netherlands on Tuesday routed Canada 5-0 in a crossover match to face the host nation in the quarter-final match of World Cup hockey.
The three time world champions showed no mercy as they pumped goals in each quarter in Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium to make a solid entry into the next round.
Lars Balk opened the scoring at the start of the second half in the 16th minute. Robbert Kemperman struck in the 20th minute as the Dutchmen wasted no chance after Floris van Son received a green card and Canada were down to 10 men.
Thijs Van Dam struck in the 40th minute, maintaining a concrete 3-0 lead while Canadians were too busy trying to play defense game. Thierry Brinkman notched the fourth goal assisted by Kemperman in the 41st minute.
The goal-fest game didn’t end there as the Netherlands continued to keep up with attacking position, which resulted in a sweet fifth goal from van Dam just two minutes before the final whistle.
Earlier on the day, Pakistan had a shattered dream after they tasted a humiliating 5-0 defeat against the much anticipated Belgium in another crossover game.
The Netherlands will take on India, while Belgium will play Germany in the quarters on Thursday.