Australia set up title clash with Germany

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Australia trounce reigning champions Holland 4-1 in the second semi-final of the 10th World Cup hockey to setup a title clash with Germany.

Updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Kuala Lumpur:

Displaying amazing speed and skill, Australia trounced reigning champions Holland 4-1 in the second semi-final of the 10th World Cup hockey to set up a title clash with Germany. Earlier, Germany put an end to Korea's dream of making it to the final, beating them 3-2 in the other semi-final. It was sweet revenge for Australia, who were shown the exit doors in the semi-finals of three major tournaments by the Dutch earlier, including the 1994 and 1998 World Cups. Holland paid heavily for their lapses as they failed to score from 13 out of 14 penalty corners they earned. Though Holland began the game attacking the rival goal, Australia soon dominated the proceedings and took a 4-0 lead with goals from Scot Webster (9th), Jamie Dwyer (11th and 51st) and Mathew Smith (40th). Holland managed to reduce the margin when Booij Menno scored from the 13th penalty corner six minutes before the hooter. Australia surged ahead when a hit from Webster inside the Dutch striking circle deflected from defender Eric Jazet's stick to enter the post. Holland had hardly recovered from the shock when Dwyer dribbled past two Dutch defenders and after making space in the striking circle sounded the board to make it 2-0. Holland missed all six penalty corners they earned in the first half. Australia which got only one penalty corner during the period, led 2-0 at the break. Five minutes into the second half, Mathew Smith came up with a superb move and flicked it over the Dutch goalkeeper to give his team 3-0 lead. The Aussies scored the fourth goal when Dwyer moved in from the right and beat the goalkeeper with a powerful shot. Holland fought back earning a penalty corner but the man who had starred for them at the last World Cup, Bram Lomans was just off target. In another match, New Zealand beat Japan 7-6 on penalty strokes. Both the teams were locked 3-3 after regulation time. New Zealand now meets India for the 9-10 position. (PTI)

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