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Holland ... and in the fourth World Cup in Buenos Aires, Holland qualified for the final when they beat Australia 3-2 one Friday (31 March). Holland will meet either West Germany or the favourites Pakistan, the other two semi-finalists.
SYNOPSIS: Holland, playing from left to right in the white shirts, were soon on the offensive -- and they scored after only two minutes, when Bolhius tapped in a field shot.
Holland continued their fast attacking game and went further ahead in the sixth minute through Litjens, from a long corner.
After that score, Australia fought back and dominated play. They forced six penalty corners and four long corners, but couldn't find a way through Holland's tight defence....until the 28th minute, when the Australian captain, Charlesworth, scored from along corner.
The Australian score started a period of pressure by Holland just before half time -- and resulted in their third goal, scored by Litjens, his second of the game.
The second half. Holland made two team changes, apparently to vary their strategy and confuse Australia -- but it did not seem to work. Holland came under heavy pressure and Australia finally cracked the defence in the 57th minute when Cooke scored from a penalty corner.
From then on Holland, who won the World Cup in 1973, had desperate struggle, as they fought to hang on to their lead. For Australia, it was a fight against time.
The final moments -- with Australia still trying to equalise. But it was not to be -- for them, a heart-breaking defeat, for Holland, a place in the final.