Germany Upset Kookaburras to Move Into Hockey World Final

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Germany has stunned and upset Australia’s hopes for a sixth successive Champions Trophy hockey title, downing the Kookaburras 3-2 in the semi-finals.

Germany, the current Olympic gold medallist fielded a side with seven 2013 junior Word Cup winners. They blasted past the Australian defence, scoring two goals by the ninth minute. The goals by Timur Oruz and Mas Grambusch had the Kookaburras on their heels and scrambling for a plan.

Fresh out from the half-time break and the Germans slotted home another goal, through Florian Fuchs, to go up 3-0.

With nothing left to lose the Australian went on the offensive.

A goal to Chris Ciriello in the 34th minute and another to Nicholas Budgeon, in the 42nd, put the Australians back in the game.

But the plucky, hard-working Germans weren’t about to let the game go. Having beaten the Kookaburras 4-2 in the 2012London Olympics semi-finals they knew what was necessary to shut out the game.

The German team managed to hang on for a thrilling victory 4-3. They now move on to face the winner of the much anticipated India – Pakistan clash on Saturday.

Markus Weise, Germany’s coach was thrilled – and emotionally exhausted – by the match. He has been working closely with his team of young bloods since their lacklustre sixth place in the World Cup in June.

“We were lucky to be 3-0 ahead because the second-half belonged entirely to Australia. I am gla the boys fought it out till the end.”

Asked who he’d prefer his young team to meet in the finals, Wiese answered he hoped it was the hosts. “At home we play in a silent stadium with not more than 500 people watching.

“But here have 7,000 screaming fans making a lot of noise. It will be good experience for the bouts.”

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