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Netherlands win European men's hockey
August 27, 2007 15:24 IST
The Netherlands won the men's EuroHockey Nations Championships with 3-2 victory over defending champions in Manchester on Sunday.
The victory gave the Dutchmen a measure of revenge for their defeat to Spain in 2005.
The Dutch went ahead in the fifth minute when Matthijs Brouwer scored after receiving a pass from the right wing.
Spain suffered a further setback when Alex Fabregas was shown the yellow card in the 16th minute for a harsh tackle on Dutch defender Teun de Nooijer.
On the stroke of half-time the Netherlands were awarded their first penalty-corner of the match and Taeke Taekema made no mistake to convert his 15th set piece of the tournament. As a result Taekema become the highest goal scorer in a single European Championship.
Spain's Juan Lainz reduced the deficit with a fine finish, but the Netherlands were quickly back on top.
Floris Evers was fouled and Taekema lashed in another penalty to restore the two-goal advantage.
Eduard Tubau scored from a penalty-corner to give Spain hope again with six minutes remaining. But he missed a chance to equalise with a minute to go and the Netherlands were able to celebrate famous victory.