Aussie win sets up India-Pak clash

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Australia set up yet another India-Pakistan clash when they hammered Argentina 8-3 to join Holland in the final of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament.

Amstelveen:

Australia set up yet another India-Pakistan clash when they hammered Argentina 8-3 to join Holland in the final of the 25th Champions Trophy hockey tournament today. The victory took Australia's tally to 10 points at the end of the league, while Argentina, who needed to win today to make the final, remained on six, the same as India. However, India (-2) finished ahead of Argentina (-5) in the league standings on superior goal-difference. India thus will play Pakistan tomorrow for the bronze medal. Argentina takes on Germany for the 5th and 6th spots. The awesome Aussie firepower was well in evidence as Michael McCann (12th, 53rd), Craig Victory (28th), Grant Schubert (39th, 56th), Troy Elder (55th), Robert Hammond (59th) and Tristam Woodhouse (63rd) came up with clinical finishes. Argentina, hopelessly outplayed in the second-half, had their moments of success when Jorge Lombi (45th, 68th) and Carlos Retegui (57th) scored. Later, in an inconsequential match, the Netherlands got past Germany 6-0, without raising much of a sweat and top the table with 13 points. Germany, fielding a development team, suffered their fifth straight defeat. The Dutch virtually sealed the issue in the first-half when, during a nine-minute spell, they struck thrice through penalty corner specialist Bram Lomans (20th, 29th) and Karel Klaver (25th) before easing off. (PTI)

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