Day 12 Semi-Final Olympic Preview - GB v Netherlands

Olympics 2012 Barry Middleton v Aus

Great Britain men have qualified for their first semi-final since 1988, the year which they went on to win the gold medal. GB men finished second in Pool A behind Australia and will face the winners of Pool B, the Netherlands.

Fixture: Great Britain v Netherlands
Date and time: 9th August - 15.30
Location: Riverbank Arena
Watch live on the BBC: BBC 3

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World rankings
Great Britain #4
Netherlands #3

Head to head record
Played: 47
Won: 13
Drawn: 6
Goals for: 73
Goals against: 105

The first time Great Britain faced the Netherlands in an Olympic Games ended in a 2 - 1 defeat in Mexico City, 1968. More recently, at Beijing in 2008, GB again found themselves on the losing side, this time going down 1 - 0 to the Dutch. The year 2000 was the last time Great Britain beat the Netherlands, winning 3 - 0. 

Olympics 2012 Ashley Jackson celebrating against ESP 450

We caught up with GB star Ashley Jackson ahead of the match with the Netherlands tonight.

What are your thoughts about playing the Netherlands?

“We will play the same way as we've played all tournament. We’ll try and score more goals than them. We’ll try and defend a bit better, obviously, but we’re all in it as a team. They have got some class players and eventually they’re going to break through a defence so if you’re not set up to score goals you’ll struggle to stay with them.”

“We have played them hundreds of times before so they know what they’re up against and we know what we’re up against. We have beaten them in big games. It’s going to be exciting!”

 And on being joint top scorer?

“It doesn’t really mean anything to me to be honest. We’ve come through a tough group. Hopefully that stands us in better stead. Obviously the Dutch have had all wins from their group. Who knows how it’s going to play out in the semi finals but it’s going to be tough.”

“They know not to take us lightly but let’s hope they do. We really do believe that we can beat them. We believe we can beat anyone in this tournament.”


Netherlands one to watch

Teun de Nooijer
London 2012 is Nooijer's fifth Olympic Games and alongside Australia's Jamie Dwyer, he is a modern great in the world of hockey. His touch is exquisite and over his career he has racked up more than 200 international goals - an incredible feat. He has won two Olympic gold medals - his first in 1996 at the Atlanta Games and his second followed four years later in Sydney.