Holland's Jeroen Hertzberger (right) celebrates his goal against South Africa in the Group B match at The Hague on Sunday. Holland won 7-1 to qualify for the semis. - EPA
THE HAGUE: Three-time champions Holland duly booked their place in the semi-finals of the hockey World Cup with a 7-1 demolition of South Africa at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague, Holland.
The Dutch, champions in 1973, 1990 and 1998, moved into the last four with 12 points from four matches. They face fourth-placed New Zealand in their final Group B match early Wednesday morning. A point is enough for Holland to avoid Group A leaders and defending champions Australia in the semi-finals.
Argentina are the favourites to join Holland in the last four from Group B. Argentina are lying second with nine points and play winless South Africa in their last group match on Tuesday.
On Sunday, the Dutch were in a class of their own and raced to a 4-0 first-half lead.
Seve van Ass scored the opening goal in the fourth minute. Valentin Verga (10th), Jeroen Hertzberger (23rd) and Robbert Kemperman (33rd) were the other scorers.
In the second half, Kamperman was again on target in the 38th minute. Billy Bakker (41st) and Sander Baart (64th) completed the scoring.
South Africa netted their consolation goal in the 62nd minute through Justin Reid-Ross.