Photo: EHF/Frank Uijlenbroek

23/07/2014 -Coming into the game as the underdogs clearly suited the well organised Austrian team. In the first half the Netherlands had all the possession and chances but apart from a PC in in the 12 minute converted by Pelle VOS, they failed to take advantage of the possession, due to individual players holding onto the ball for too long. Austria fought hard in the second half in spite of a number of solo runs from the Dutch forwards, they used their well-trained indoor tackling skills to stop the attack. Austria was rewarded for their patience with a goal in the 60th minute, a drag flick from Mathias PODPERA. The final 10 minutes of the game was a lively affair with both teams intent on getting the win, The Netherlands needed all 3 points to progress to the sem-final so the intensity improved as they were thwarted again and again by the Austrians. A save by the Austrian keeper in the 67th minute rebounded and following a melee Thierry BRINKMAN was the one to pop the ball into the net, much to the delight of his teammates. Possibly not the prettiest goal of the Tournament, but could have been the most vital one so far. The Dutch continued to press hard, but Austria held on and countered but in the dying seconds Thierry BRINKMAN scored

Final score 3-1 (1-0)

’12 12 Pelle VOS NED (PC) 1 – 0
’60 4 Mathias PODPERA AUT (PC) 1 – 1
‘67 8 Thierry BRINKMAN NED (FG) 2 – 1
‘70 8 Thierry BRINKMAN NED (FG) 3 – 1