India defeated South Korea 3-0 in the 2014 Hockey World Cup playoffs for the ninth position, dropping one spot from their eighth-place finish in the 2010 World Cup in New Delhi.
A brace from Akashdeep Singh and a goal from Rupinder Singh Pal ensured India finished their hockey World Cup campaign with a win to finish ninth.
Australia have won the World Cup twice (in 1986 and 2010), while Netherlands have inscribed their name on the trophy three times - in 1973, 1990 and 1998.
Netherlands hammered Argentina 4-0 in the semifinals at the Kyocera Stadium here on Thursday night to earn a shot at the title against two-time champions Australia, who entered the final with a 3-1 win in the shootout against United States after the two teams were tied 2-2 in regulation period.
India take on South Korea in the 9th place play-off tie on Saturday.
India conceded four early goals in their group stage match against the rampaging champions Australia.
Netherlands played a relaxed 1-1 draw with New Zealand in their last league fixture and still topped Group B with 13 points from five outings. Argentina, who earned their maiden men's World Cup semifinals with a 5-1 win over South Africa, finished second in the group with 12 points, ousting reigning Olympic champions Germany from the semifinal race...
India and South Korea finished fifth in Group A and Group B respectively.
Argentina's victory, their fourth in five outings, gives them 12 points and ousts Olympic champions Germany from the semifinal race.
Iain Lewers placed a penalty stroke into the left corner of the goal in the 66th minute to score England's match-winner and secure their second successive semifinal in the Hockey World Cup.
India finished the group stage with a win, a draw and three losses after losing 4-0 to defending champions Australia in their last group game of the 2014 Hockey World Cup.
Three-time World Cup winners Netherlands stayed at the top of Group B with 12 points from four successive victories to ensure a spot in the semifinals.
Kim Lammers opened the scoring in the 57th minute of the fast-paced encounter on Saturday when she darted into the scoring circle from the left flank and scored with a firm reverse hit that deflected in off the goalkeeper.
Indian captain Sardar Singh sounded optimistic of putting up a good fight when they take on defending champions Australia at The Hague on Monday.
With 12 points from four games, an unbeaten Australian side zoomed into the semis of the hockey World Cup in Hague, Netherlands.
Leading 3-1, India allowed Malaysia to reduce the deficit and thereafter have many shots at their goal, which Terry Walsh said should not have happened.
Akashdeep Singh scored twice in the second half to help India to their first victory of the Hockey World Cup as they defeated Malaysia 3-2 at The Hague.
India managed to draw 1-1 with Spain on Thursday after losing the first two games against Belgium and England in the hockey World Cup.