Bhubaneswar, Dec 11:
Three-time champions Netherlands Thursday mauled lower-ranked Canada 5-0 in the final cross-over match to set up a quarterfinal clash against hosts India in the men’s hockey World Cup, here.
Dominating the proceedings, Netherlands scored five field goals through Lars Balk (16th minute), Robert Kemperman (20th), Thijs van Dam (40th, 58th) and Thierry Brinkman (41st) to register the comfortable win at the Kalinga Stadium.
Netherlands will now play India in the last-eight round on Thursday.
In the match between world no. 4 Netherlands and world no.11 Canada, the Dutch were early aggressor as they made continuous forays.
The Canadians, on the other hand, preferred to sit back and defend while looking for counters to surprise their opponents.
Pakistan’s miserable campaign at the men’s hockey World Cup finally came to an end after Olympic silver medallists Belgium thrashed the four-time champions 5-0 in the third cross-over match.
Staring the match as favourites, the Red Lions toyed with the Pakistani defence which somehow managed to hold on in the opening 10 minutes.
But once Alexander Hendricks (10th minute) converted a penalty corner, the Pakistani defence broke apart and gates opened up for Belgium. Besides, Hendricks, skipper Thomsa Briels (13th), Cedric Charlier (27th), Sebastian Dockier (35th) and Tom Boon (53rd) were the other goal getters for Belgium.
While Pakistan will pack their bags and return home, Belgium will take Germany in the quarterfinals on Thursday.