Germany are in their first final after a stunning comeback against Australia.
GWith an incredible comeback and a goal six seconds from time, Germany (FIH 4) checked their ticket to the World Cup of Hockey final with a 4-3 win over world premier and Olympic runner-up Australia. Friday at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, India. The Germans will face the winner of the other half, which pits Belgium (FIH 2) against the Netherlands (FIH 3).
Well placed and quick to convert, Australia quickly got the first PC (1st) of the game and couldn’t convert it. It was just a reprieve for the ‘Kookaburras’ who opened the scoring with tournament top scorer Jeremy Hayward (0-1, 12th) with 8 Roses.
His camp during the 2nd quarter knew how to create a big back without breaking Australia. Nathan Eframs (0-2, 27th) doubled his lead with a quick counter after canceling out two German PCs with fair video calls.
The scene from the locker room was repeated until the 43rd minute, when German Gonzalo Peylot from Argentina chose to convert a PC, his fifth attempt in a few seconds (1-2, 43rd).
Losing their game, Australia disappeared from the radar in the last quarter. England already led 2-0 in the quarter-finals before winning the shoot-outs, Germany once again by PC de Baillot (2-2, 2-2, 52nd).
But Australia is not England. Three-time World Champions (1986, 2010, 2014), the Aussies have won the World Cup for the 12th time in a row. Blake Gowers, Australia Dragons, hoped to give his men a win in PC (2-3, 58th).
That’s not counting the striking power of Peillat, the teacher who tied the game at pc (3-3, 59th). Just when we thought the two teams were going to a shoot-out session, six seconds from the siren (4-3, 60th) decisive scorer Nicklaus Wellen, a pass from Baillat crossed the goal line.
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