Caia van Maasakker scored a hat-trick ©Getty Images

Caia van Maasakker scored a hat-trick as Netherlands women recorded a 6-0 victory over China in the FIH Pro League in Utrecht.

In their first home game of the campaign, the league leaders proved far too strong at SV Kampong.

Federique Matla, Xan de Waard and Martijn Veen also converted.

“It was amazing to play in front of a home crowd, with everyone cheering so loud for us,” said van Maasakker.

“We started well and played a good match, especially in the second half.

“We converted our chances, so it was a good win.”

Belgium, the lowest-ranked team in the league, continued their fairytale story with a dramatic 2-1 defeat of the United States in Brussels.

Caia van Maasakker celebrates scoring one of her three goals against China ©Getty Images
Caia van Maasakker celebrates scoring one of her three goals against China ©Getty Images

The Red Panthers broke the deadlock in the third quarter when Alix Gerniers set up Anne-Sophie Weyns to score from close range.

Linnea Gonzales quickly equalised but in the final minute, Louise Versavel got a faint touch to Gerniers’ fine pass into the circle, diverting through keeper Kelsey Bing’s legs.

“We were really happy because we didn’t expect to score in the last seconds,” said Belgium’s Barbara Nelen.

“It was a really difficult game, we managed it well and our keeper [Aisling D’Hooghe] did a good job.

“We didn’t play really well but we won, so that is enough.”

In the men’s competition, Belgium crushed Spain 7-3 to reclaim top spot in the standings.

Doubles from Florent van Aubel and Tom Boon, alongside efforts from Cedric Charlier, Felix Denayer and Arthur van Doren saw the home side roar into a seven-goal advantage.

Pau Quemada struck twice and Enrique Gonzales once to restore some pride for Spain.

On Saturday, Netherlands men take on Spain in Rotterdam, while Argentina welcome the men’s and women’s teams of New Zealand to Rosario.