Germany End Australia's Champions Trophy Reign
Olympic gold medallists Germany quashed Australia's bid to win a sixth successive Champions Trophy field hockey title, ousting the side 3-2 in the semi-final on Saturday. Earlier, the Netherlands defeated Belgium to earn 5th-place playoff.
Olympic gold medallists Germany quashed Australia's bid to win a sixth successive Champions Trophy field hockey title, ousting the side 3-2 in the semi-final on Saturday. (All AP and NDTV images)
The Germans, playing with seven junior World Cup winners of 2013, stunned the Kookaburras with two goals by the ninth minute through Timur Oruz and Mats Grambusch. They went up 3-0 immediately after half-time when Florian Fuchs took advantage of a goalmouth scramble and scooped the ball past Australian goalkeeper Andrew Charter.
Australia hit back in the 34th minute as Chris Ciriello banged in a penalty corner to net his fourth goal in the tournament. Nicholas Budgeon narrowed the margin further in the 42nd by scoring off a penalty corner rebound. Australia failed to equalise despite benching the goalkeeper to accommodate an extra striker.
It will be Germany's first Champions Trophy final since 2009 when they were beaten by hosts Australia 5-3 in Melbourne.
In the other match, The Netherlands eventually saw off Belgium in a penalty shoot-out to earn a fifth-place playoff.
Netherlands will face Argentina in the fifth-sixth place play-off match after registering wins in their respective classification games. Argentina defeated England.