The Dutch hockey players handed over a victory at the European Championship in Amstelveen on Sunday.

The team of national coach Max Caldas lost a 2-0 lead in the final phase against Germany.

Seve van Ass opened the score for the Orange from a penalty corner after six minutes.

At the end of the third quarter, Thierry Brinkman doubled the margin.

The Netherlands seemed on their way to victory, but in the final phase it went completely wrong.

Two minutes before the end, Christopher Rühr made the connecting goal from a penalty shot and shortly afterwards Lukas Windfeder saved a point for the Germans from a penalty corner.

Due to the draw, the Orange squad, which won 3-0 against France in the opening game last Friday, occupies second place in group A with four points. Germany has the same number of points, but is in the lead thanks to a much better goal difference (+7 versus + 3).

Wales, which was 3-2 too strong for France earlier in the day, is third with three points.

The numbers one and two qualify for the semi-finals.

Next Tuesday, the Netherlands can secure the place in the semi-finals.

Then Wales is the opponent in the Wagener Stadium.

At the previous European Championship, in 2019 in Antwerp, the Netherlands finished third, after losing to Spain in the semi-final. The Dutch captured the European title five times and that happened for the last time in 2017.