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Spain to face Aussies in final

Spain defeated the Netherlands 3-1 on Saturday to set up a hockey Champions Trophy final showdown with defending champs Australia, who downed hosts New Zealand 2-1.

sports Updated: Dec 11, 2011 00:53 IST
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Netherlands,hindustan times,news

Spain defeated the Netherlands 3-1 on Saturday to set up a hockey Champions Trophy final showdown with defending champs Australia, who downed hosts New Zealand 2-1.

In the bottom half of the eight-nation tournament, Germany crushed Pakistan 5-0 to leave the Green Shirts facing a wooden spoon play-off with South Korea, who were defeated 4-3 in a thriller against Great Britain.

Australia, chasing a record fourth straight title at men's hockey's last major tournament before the London Olympics, have won 11 times overall, while Spain's sole success came in 2004.

First Published: Dec 11, 2011 00:51 IST