The Netherlands stunned Germany 6-1 in the 2015 EuroHockey Championship Men's final. The Germans were attempting to retain the gold medal but found themselves five goals down by half-time.
Goals from Billy Bakker, a brace from Mink van der Weerden and further strikes from Jeroen Hertzberger and Rogier Hofman accounted for the first-half scoring. Mirco Pruijser netted the Netherlands' lone goal after the break, following a lung-bursting, pitch-length sprint.
Most of the damage came on the counter as Germany were obviously rattled by falling two goals behind by the end of the opening quarter. Another key was how efficient the Dutch were in front of goal, from both corners and open play.
The tournament's official Twitter feed showed the opening goal, scored by Bakker:
Bakker started the scoring, but it was the goal that capped the first-half rout that really summed up the Netherlands' approach.
It was a fantastic counter ending in a deftly clever finish from Hofman:
The Dutch didn't try and boss possession in the first half. Instead, they merely waited for moments to break. It was a canny tactic that caught the Germans cold.
Despite Germany's desire to salvage some pride, the third quarter passed by without much incident. The tournament's Twitter account dubbed those 15 minutes "sedate."
But the fourth quarter saw things liven up again. It began with a sixth goal for the Orange men, coming via Mirco Pruijser.
Yielding a sixth actually seemed to galvanise the Germans, albeit briefly. Christopher Ruhr ensured the defending champions wouldn't be shoved aside with a whitewash.
His goal came courtesy of some spectacular play:
The FIH official Twitter account carried highlights of the fine move and strike:
But that was merely one final whimper from the eight-time European champions. Their usually physical and stingy defence had deserted them when they needed it most.
For the Dutch, this was a first win in seven attempts against the Germans in these finals, according to the tournament's official site. To break the duck in such emphatic fashion will only add to the Netherlands' joy.
In fact, it was the biggest margin of victory in these finals, per Euro Hockey League Twitter:
Robbert Kemperman, who was the UniBet Player of the Match, expressed his pride at the team performance and deserved win:
This was a stunning upset, in a game that was truthfully no longer a contest after the five-goal salvo in the first half. Now the Dutch have the gold.