Germany move into Champions Trophy final

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:28 IST

World Champions Germany pull off a 3-2 victory against Australia to cement a place in the finals of the six-nation Champions Trophy hockey.

Germany move into Champions Trophy final

Cologne, Germany:

World champions Germany pulled off a 3-2 victory against Australia to cement a place in the finals of the six-nation Champions Trophy hockey here today. Down 1-2, the Germans thundered back with a Oliver Domke goal in the 67th minute and then snatched a dramatic match-winner through Matthias Witthaus with just four seconds to go for the hooter. The fourth straight win put the Germans on the top spot with 12 points and ensured them a place in the Sunday's final. The hosts will play their last match tomorrow against Holland. Australia, yet to score in the tournament, played their best game but just couldn't keep the Germans away when it mattered, in the last few minutes. Taking advantage of a defensive lapse, Germany scored in the 11th minute when Sascha Reinelt trapped neatly just inside the circle to flick home in style. Australia equalised in the 27th minute through Jamie Dwyer who scored a field goal. After dominating most of the initial play in the second half, Australia shot in a perfect penalty corner. Andrew Smith came up with a superb shot to beat the goalkeeper after three Aussie players had sold the dummy to the German defence. But with three minutes left in the game, Australia lost focus and let in Bjorn Michel who tapped it forward for Domke to run in and push for the equaliser. Australia, probably relaxed in the last 15 seconds, allowed space to a rampaging Witthaus inside the circle whose powerful shot deflected off the goalkeeper into the post for an amazing match-winner. (PTI)

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