Australia win against India Hockey in Semi Final Champion Trophy 2012
Australia scored through captain Jamie Dwyer (fifth and 18th minutes) and Kieran Govers (42nd) after enjoying territorial domination against the Indians, who were often forced to fall back and defend against the rampant rival strikers.
Australia stayed on course for their fifth successive title, setting up a final against Olympic silver medallists Netherlands, who outplayedPakistan5-2 in the other semifinal.
India’s Cinderella run came to an end, but they stay in contention for their first Champions Trophy medal in three decades.Indiawill take onPakistan, in a sub-continental clash tomorrow for the bronze medal.India’s only Champions Trophy medal, a bronze, came in 1982.Pakistanedged pastIndiato claim bronze medals for three successive years from 2002-04.
Playing a fast dominant game,Australiatoday pressed the accelerator from the beginning and forced their first penalty corner in the second minute, but Christopher Ciriello’s rising shot was ruled as a foul for going into onrushing defender’s body.
Dwyer opened the scoring in the fifth minute, capitalising on a rebound duringAustralia’s second penalty, after Ciriello’s drag-flick was blocked by a defender. The Aussies increased the lead in the 18th minute by converting a penalty stroke, which was awarded when a foul was committed on Dwyer in a scoring position.
Dwyer had already taken two shies. The first one was blocked by goalkeeper TR Potunuri and the second shot rebounded back into play off post.
Indiaopened up to mount a few raids midway through the first session, but did not cause much trouble to the Australian defence.
Striker Kieren Govers flicked into an open goal for Australia’s third goal seven minutes after half-time when the Indian defence was beaten by a square pass from Trent Mitton. Australiacould have added a couple of more goals as errors crept into the Indian defence, which was under pressure for most of the game. But Goalkeeper Potunuri made some fine saves on penalty corners.
India’s only look at the rival goal was in the 45th minute when Danish Kaneria took a shy off a pass from SV Sunil, who played today despite a hamstring injury, as did captain Sardar Singh and Manpreet Singh.
India could not force any penalty corner today, as twice the awards were changed after video referral, whileAustralia earned six penalty corners in this match. Earlier, Olympic silver medallistsNetherlandssecured passage into the final after a gap of six years. The Dutch, eight-time Champions Trophy title winners, dominated the semifinal throughout to surge into the final for
the first time since they won the title in 2006 inSpain.
Livewire striker Billy Bakker opened the scoring with a flash strike in the second minute and added another goal in similar manner in the 32nd minute to give Netherlands a 3-1 lead at the interval.
Severiano van Ass (20th minute) scored the other Dutch goal in the first session, whilePakistanreduced the lead afterNetherlandsconceded an own-goal.
Field goals from Valentin Verga(46th minute) and Robbert Kemperman (61th) put the game beyond the reach of Pakistan, who got a consolation goal in the last minute through Shakeel Abbasi.
Olympic championsGermanywill play Champions Trophy debutantsBelgiumfor the fifth spot, after the Germans defeated New Zealand6-4 andBelgiumoutplayedEngland4-0 for their first win in five matches.