In Pool D Round 3 matches today, an unexpected win by Malaysia against 2-time champion Germany in the first match of the day can make 4-time champion Pakistan vs 3-time champion Netherlands match a DO or GO match for both of them. 13th seed Pakistan plays 4th seed Netherlands in 2018 Men’s Hockey World Cup. If Malaysia loses, the match does not change standings unless Pakistan loses so big that by goal difference goes below Malaysia. A draw for Malaysia will require Pakistan to register a draw to survive. Overall, at World Cup Pakistan and Netherlands have personal battle though playing 11 times, including 3 finals, record equalled by Australia and Germany. As they play their 12th match after two editions, check their head-to-head record at World Cup.
Pakistan and Netherlands have played 3 World Cup finals against each other matching the three finals played between Australia and Germany. Till 2014 edition, they have faced each other in 11 matches of 10 World Cup editions. Starting from a draw in 1971 Pool Game, Pakistan remained undefeated till first 6 matches winning 4 of them including a final and semifinal. In 1986, Netherlands won first match in world Cup against then 3 time World Cup Champion Pakistan. Since then, they have won 3 of the 5 matches that includes winning and losing a final once each.
Pakistan did not participate in 2014 edition, while in 1998 and 2010 both did not meet each other.
Match Results at World Cup: 11 Matches, Pakistan 6, Netherlands 3, Draw 2
1971 Draw 3-3
1973 Pool Pak won 2-1
1975 Draw 3-3
1978 Pool Pak won 3-1
1978 Final Pak won 3-2
1982 Semifinal Pak won 4-2
1986 Netherlands won 2-1
1990 Final Netherlands won 3-1
1994 Final Pakistan won 1-1 (4-3)
2002 Netherlands won 2-1
2006 5-8th Crossover Pak won 3-2
2014 Pak did not play
2018 Netherlands won 5-1