Dominant Dutch reach women's hockey final

The Netherlands have thrashed Great Britain 5-1 to reach the Olympic women's hoickey final.
The Netherlands have thrashed Great Britain 5-1 to reach the Olympic women's hoickey final.

The Netherlands will play in the women's Olympic hockey finals for a fifth straight time after an inspiring 5-1 triumph over 2016 Rio Olympic champions Britain.

The Dutch had already scored 21 goals before starting the semi-final while conceding only two goals in their previous matches in the tournament.

They took the lead when Laurien Leurink outsmarted her opponent and her pass reached 21-year-old forward Felice Albers who scored by shooting the ball through the legs of British goalie Madeleine Hinch.

The Dutch, who won silver at the 2016 Rio Games after taking home the top prize twice in a row at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, doubled the score less than a minute later through a powerful shot by Marloes Keetels.

The goals dealt a hard blow to the British side, who had not given away much against the Dutch gold medal favourites in the first 15 minutes of the match.

Britain had beaten the Dutch side through a penalty shootout in the final of the 2016 Rio Games that got them the gold medal. In Tokyo, the gap between the two sides was too large for Britain to overcome.

After the halftime break, the Netherlands extended its lead to 4-0 thanks to goals by Maria Verschoor and Albers.

Britain came back a goal when Giselle Ansley flicked in a penalty corner, before Frederique Matla did the same for the Netherlands, settling the final score.

The Netherlands will play Argentina in the final on Friday.

Argentina scored a 2-1 win over India, conquerors of the Hockeyroos in a quarter-final upset.

India will meet Great Britain for bronze.

Australian Associated Press