Germany beat Spain 5-3, enter final

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Germany overcame Spain by an aggregate score of 5-3 via the tie-breaker to set up a clash with Australia in the final of the FIH men's hockey World Cup.

Monchengladbach:

Holders Germany overcame Spain by an aggregate score of 5-3 via the tie-breaker to set up a clash with Australia in the final of the 11th FIH men's hockey World Cup. During regulation play, Bjoern Emmerling (19th) and Moritz Fuerste (45th) scored for Germany. The Spanish reply came from Santiago Freixa (27th) and Alex Fabregas (46th). With the deadlock remaining even after extra-time, the penalty shootout was applied. In the tie-breaker, Christopher Zeller, Timo Wess and Phillip Zeller converted for Germany while only Eduard Tabau was successful for Spain. Neither team took the fifth and last stroke. The thrill-a-minute match saw Spain keeping pace with Germany who led twice in the game, but could not drive home the advantage until in the tie-breaker when their goalkeeper Ulrich Bubolz brought off two saves to eliminate Spain. Sunday's clash will be a repeat of the 2002 World Cup final in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when Germany beat Australia 2-1 for their maiden success. (PTI)

Topics : Hockey Germany
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