BHUBANESWAR: Netherlands hockey team bested Pakistan in a crucial pool D match by 5-1 on Sunday in Bhubaneswar, India.
In order to qualify for the next round, Pakistan needed to finish third in their pool by defeating the Netherlands.
Now either Pakistan or Malaysia will qualify on a better goal difference.
As per current stats, Pakistan’s goal difference is -1 whereas Malaysia’s in -6.
Pakistan and Netherlands share seven World Cup titles between them and had faced each other 10 times in the tournament, more than any other team, including three finals.
Pakistan have won five games, while the Netherlands got the victory in three matches as two matches ended in a draw.
On December 5, Pakistan played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Malaysia in a Pool D match as both the teams remained in the hunt for a knock-out round berth.