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Hockey World Cup

Dutch down Canada

The Netherlands players celebrate a goal as Canadian captain Ken Pereira (R) watches during their World Cup match at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium in New Delhi yesterday. The Netherlands won 6-0.Photo: AFP

Rogier Hofman and Taeke Taekema scored two goals apiece as the Netherlands routed lowly Canada 6-0 for their third successive win in the men's field hockey World Cup on Friday.
Ronald Brouwer and Rob Reckers were the other scorers as the three-time champions hit top gear in the second session, after the first had ended 0-0 at the Dhyan Chand National Stadium.
The Netherlands, who lead Group A with nine full points, must win one of their two remaining games against world champions Germany on Sunday and South Korea on Tuesday to qualify for the semi-finals.
New Zealand have six points, while Germany will move to seven if they beat Argentina later on Friday.
Meanwhile, New Zealand stayed in contention for their first-ever appearance in the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over South Korea.
Both goals for the Black Sticks came in the first half as Andrew Hayward converted a penalty corner in the fifth minute, before captain Dean Couzins pushed in a penalty stroke in the 22nd.
South Korea reduced the margin in the final minute through a stroke by Lee Nam Yong.
New Zealand, who have not finished higher than seventh in the World Cup, must win their last two games against Argentina on Sunday and Germany on Tuesday to book a semifinal spot.
South Korea, the Asian champions, are virtually out of the race with just four points in the bag.
Korean coach Shin Seok-Kyo blamed his team's poor display in the tournament so far on the lack of proper preparation.
"We should have trained better for the World Cup, but the cold weather at home did not help," he said. "It is not a good feeling now because we are almost out of it."
New Zealand's Couzins said the 3-1 win over South Korea in the Beijing Olympics boosted his team's confidence.
"We have a good record against them and that helped," he said. "We are still in the fight for the semi-finals because we have played quite well."

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