Women's Hockey World Cup Final 2014: Date, Start Time, Live Stream and Preview

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Women's Hockey World Cup Final 2014: Date, Start Time, Live Stream and Preview
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Hosts the Netherlands and Australia will play the 2014 Hockey World Cup Women's final at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague on Saturday, in a re-match of arguably the single best fixture fans got to watch during the group stages.

The Dutch were the big favourites going into that match but were overrun by the Australian team in the early proceedings, and it took two second-half goals to eventually give the hosts the win.

Australia needed a penalty shoot-out to end the USA's magnificent run in this tournament, while the Dutch dominated defending champions Argentina 4-0 in the semi-finals.

With everything on the line, Saturday's final looks like it could be an all-time great.

 

Date: Saturday, June 14

Time: 2.15 p.m. BST/9:15 a.m. ET

Venue: Kyocera Stadium, the Netherlands

TV info and live stream: The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports, with mobile coverage available via the Sky Go app (subscription required) and the ESPN Player.

 

Preview

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The Netherlands

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The hosts did exactly what people expected them to do during the group stage—dominate. Scoring an impressive 17 goals and only conceding once, the team won every single match on their way to a semi-final date with defending champions Argentina.

It was the one draw the Dutch girls had hoped to avoid, and with two teams in Group A clearly playing on another level, everyone assumed the group match between Holland and Australia would be played to see who would avoid the Argentine team.

But a surprise draw against China saw the Argentine team finish as runners-up to the USA, setting up the match everyone expected to see in the final.

The Argentine team clearly didn't play up to their usual standards in 2014, and the Netherlands demolished the team during the first half of the semi-final, the score 3-0 at half-time. Holland have played fast, technical hockey since the start of the tournament, and the penalty corners looked absolutely lethal against Argentina.

Kim Lammers added a fourth goal late in the second half, again displaying her effectiveness playing close to goal. Holland's semi-final performance was nearly flawless, and the team looks like a safe bet to add the World Cup to their Olympic title.

The Dutch are fast, they defend well and they have one of the world's best goalkeepers in Joyce Sombroek. They simply don't concede many goals, and as masters of the penalty corner, stopping Holland from scoring is nearly impossible.

 

Australia

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The Hockeyroos won three of their group matches by just a single goal and drew with New Zealand on the final matchday, doing just enough to make it through to the semi-final.

Against the USA, Australia failed to defend a one-goal lead on two occasions, and the team's tendency to concede easy goals at their worst possible time is worrying going into a final against a powerful Dutch team.

Rachael Lynch can hardly be faulted, with the Australian goalkeeper playing a phenomenal World Cup so far.

Outside of Anna Flanagan, the team's biggest strength is perhaps the lack of a designated star. Instead, the Hockeyroos work hard collectively, and their constant movement close to the opponent's goal often leads to chances coming seemingly out of nowhere.

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Australia are perhaps the only team in the world that can match the Dutch on an athletic level, but the reigning Olympic champions have proven time and time again they're on a different level technically.

If the Hockeyroos can match the intensity they played with during the teams' first meeting and Lynch can be protected a little better by her defender, an upset could be in the making. But with home-field advantage, anything but a Dutch World Cup win looks unlikely.

 

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