Germany await their semi-final opponents after beating New Zealand in Amstelveen ©Getty Images

Germany and The Netherlands have secured their place in the Women's Hockey World Cup semi-finals following narrow victories over New Zealand and Belgium respectively in Amstelveen.

Germany went toe-to-toe with New Zealand in the first match of the day at the Wagener Stadium.

In what was a feisty affair, the Germans eventually pulled off a 1-0 upset after a 16th minute goal from Lena Micheel.

Germany had only qualified via the cross-overs round whereas New Zealand went straight to the last eight after topping their group.

The 24-year-old Micheel capitalised on some impressive build-up play originating from a sideline free hit.

Quick one-touch passing from Nike Lorenz and Pia Maertens opened up the space for Micheel to powerfully slot past Brooke Roberts in goal.

The referee was kept busy throughout and handed out one yellow and three green cards to Germany and a further two green cards to the Black Sticks.

It was the 14th time that Germany had beaten New Zealand out of 24 meetings.

The last time the Kiwis tasted victory was in the Four Nations Cup in July 2018 where they prevailed in a 3-2 thriller.

Germany are set to play the winner of either Argentina and England in the second semi-final on July 16.

Defending champions The Netherlands were then given a rousing welcome by the home support in Amstelveen.

The eight-time gold medallists traded blows with Belgium before seeing out a 2-1 win.

Laurien Leurink opened the scoring after 14 minutes as she got on the end of an Eva de Goede pass across the face of goal.

The Belgians then hit back in the third quarter through Alix Geniers who pulled off a reverse-stick touch to find the back of the net.

Michelle Struijk provided the assist from a penalty corner.

The deciding goal came from Freeke Moes who danced around four players before squeezing the ball in at the near post with 48 minutes on the clock.

Australia and Spain are set to begin tomorrow's quarter-final action at the Estadi Olímpic de Terrassa before Argentina and England make up the last four.