Euro Hockey League KO16: HC Bloemendaal 5-1 Club de Campo Madrid.

Bloemendaal blitzed their Spanish rivals with a hugely impressive display to book their place in the KO8 against England’s Beeston.

With two of the game’s greats, Moritz Furste and Teun de Nooijer on opposing sides this was sure to be a spectacle, but despite the German’s best efforts it was a comfortable win for the Dutch masters.

Chris Ciriello opened the scoring with a low drag flick which, though powerful was straight down the middle and through the goalkeeper’s legs. De Nooijer linked well with Diede van Puffelen to force a good save from Xavi. De Nooijer was growing in influence as the game wore on, always probing and looking to create something. His team doubled their advantage with a lovely piece of improvisation from Roel Bovendeert, tipping in between his legs after a good pass from Eby Kessing. It was almost 3-0 moments later a Tim Jenniskens found himself free in the D, but he was well stopped by Xavi.

After half time Campo pulled one back: Jaap Stockmann was unable to deal with a pass into the D and Oscar Deecke, sliding in managed to adjust his body to drag the ball over the line to make it 2-1.

Ciriello tried his luck from a penalty corner and a deflection from a De Nooijer cross but both times he was frustrated by the Campo goalkeeper’s agility. Stockmann was looking unusually unconvincing and got away with a glove save that could have resulted in a penalty corner. Instead, Bloemendaal broke and immediately made it 3-1 with Van Puffelen linking with Nick Meijer and Pelle Vos to allow Stijn Jolie time and space to slap the ball into the roof of the net.

With Campo looking increasingly desperate to try and salvage their EHL hopes, Bloemendaal began to expose more gaps at the back for the Spanish side. Boevendeert shot on the reverse with the ball looping up off the goalkeeper; the whistle had gone before De Nooijer’s outrageous volleyed lob had hit the net. From the resulting penalty corner Xavi made a splendid double save, but Campo were struggling to contain the waves of orange attacks. Ciriello grabbed his second of the game with a blistering low flick which gave the goalkeeper no chance, whilst at the other end Bosco Perez-Pla de Alvear blazed a penalty corner of his own well wide.

Bloemendaal put the game beyond any doubt as Rogier Hofman scored from close range before Wouter Jolie made it 6-1 with a bobbling strike from a penalty corner.

The scoreline perhaps flattered the Dutch, but in truth they had done an excellent job of stifling Campo’s creative players, whilst also posing plenty of threats of their own. They now face Beeston in the KO8.

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