During the Olympic Games in Tokyo, the Netherlands Women’s National Team won gold. The Netherlands played a great tournament and won all matches. In the final they were too strong for the Argentina team.
The opening quarter was a subdued affair in comparison to a final frenetic seven minutes of the second period in which four goals were scored – three courtesy of the Dutch.
Dutch defender Margot van Geffen broke the stalemate in the 23rd minute, sending the ball into the box from a penalty corner.
The women in orange showed their teeth, with Caia van Maasakker scoring a brace of goals from penalty corners three minutes apart.
Argentina received a brief reprieve, earning their first penalty corner of the match with Agustina Gorzelany dragging the ball straight through the middle and into the back of the box on the stroke of half-time.
The South Americans enjoyed more possession in the second half but could not convert it into points with the Dutch keeper Maria Verschoor saving a shot in the third quarter.
The Netherlands’ defence held firm despite a persistent onslaught from Argentina, who failed to find the breakthrough despite two penalty corners.
It is the fourth time that the Dutch National Women’s Team has won gold at the Olympic Games. At the previous edition in Rio de Janeiro (2016), the ladies won silver.