Germany dominate Pakistan to book final place

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Updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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European champions Germany were forced to fight for their 5-4 victory over Pakistan, their fourth straight win in the Champions Trophy, which qualified them for the final. Germany appeared to be coasting into the final when they led 4-0 after 32 minutes of the first half, but they then dropped their guard to let Pakistan back into the match and with a chance of an upset. Two corner conversions by Sohail Abbas changed the second half landscape and when Pakistan began to find some rhythm, their third goal came in the 51st minute, again courtesy of Abbas from a third corner flick, a reversal of fortune seemed entirely possible. However, Germany regained their two-goal lead with a second penalty conversion by captain Florian Kunz who took his tournament tally to seven. Pakistan replied immediately, with captain Muhammad Sarwar putting the finishing touches to a well-worked corner. The crowd were forced to hold their breath when Pakistan forced their sixth corner of the match with four minutes remaining but this time Arnold Clemens saved from Abbas. Germany's first half goals were scored by Oliver Domke, Michael Green, Florian Kunz and Christian Wein. (PTI)

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