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Unbeaten Netherlands beat Britain 2-1 to top Olympic women's field hockey pool

08/06/2012 03:39 EDT | Updated 10/06/2012 05:12 EDT
LONDON - The defending champion Netherlands maintained its perfect Olympic record against Britain with a 2-1 win to top their women's field hockey pool unbeaten on Monday.

The Netherlands, winners of all five previous Olympic matches with Britain dating to 1988, roared out of the blocks but Britain scored first when Crista Cullen's fourth penalty corner goal of the tournament flew under goalkeeper Joyce Sombroek's right leg in the 28th minute.

The equalizer came eight minutes after halftime, when the Dutch pulled a set move from a penalty corner, with Maartje Paumen firing to Naomi van As to deflect in off the left post.

Kitty van Male scored the winner, standing at the far post to knock in Kelly Jonker's shot threaded between two defenders.

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