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Olympic champion Netherlands beat NZ in shootout to reach women's field hockey final

08/08/2012 12:59 EDT | Updated 10/08/2012 05:12 EDT
LONDON - The defending champion Netherlands beat New Zealand 3-1 in a penalty shootout Wednesday to reach the women's Olympic field hockey final.

Ellen Hoog scored the winner, backhanding the ball past New Zealand goalkeeper Bianca Russell to end a semifinal in which the Dutch came from a goal down each time to make it 1-1 at halftime and 2-2 at the end of regulation.

Neither team scored in extra time, forcing a shootout in which Naomi van As and Eva de Goede also scored, while goalie Joyce Sombroek made three saves.

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