Athens:Defending champions Netherlands will meet Australia in the finals of the men's hockey event at the Athens Olympic Games. While Australia beat Spain, Netherlands got the better of Germany to qualify for the finals. Early lead The German side took the lead in the third minute of the match, but Netherlands equalised a couple of minutes later through a penalty stroke. The Dutch side scored two more goals in the second half to lead 3-1. The margin was reduced in the 59th minute, but Holland held on to their one goal lead to make it to the finals. Other semifinal In the other semifinal, Australia took on group A toppers Spain. The Spanish side, which had conceded just three goals in five matches in group stage, doubled that tally in this match. The Aussies went into the lead in the third minute itself. Spain came back to level at 1-1, but the Aussies scored two more goals to lead 3-1 at half time. The story was no different in the second half. The Australian forwards toyed with the Spanish defence and scored goals at will. Grant Schubert scored two goals in two minutes as Austrlia led 6-2. With three minutes remaining, Spain scored a goal through penalty corner, but it was too late as the Aussies won 6-3 to reach the finals. The gold medal match will be played on the August 27. The Aussies will have a chance to settle scores with the Dutch side, who they lost to in the group stage. Germany will play Spain for the bronze medal.
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