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Australia advances on golden goal to face Netherlands in final

Australia advances on golden goal to face Netherlands in final

Australia will play the Netherlands in the final of the women's field hockey World Cup after beating Spain 1-0 on a golden goal on Friday.
Top-ranked Netherlands reached its third straight Cup final by ousting defending champion Argentina 3-1 in the other semifinal.
Suzie Faulkner redirected Angie Skirving's disputed penalty corner in the second minute of extra time to lead 2000 Olympic champion Australia to its first World Cup final on Sunday since its 1998 title.
"We knew the game was going to be tight and congested so it came down to what team got the luck and the deflection and this time it was us," Australia coach Frank Murray said.
Spain coach Pablo Usoz was "surprised" by the referee's decision to award a handling penalty to the Hockeyroos on the play.
"It's a decision that should be made after both referees have consulted with each other, because it was wrong," Usoz said. "Unfortunately, some bad luck kept us from getting to the final."
The 4,000-capacity crowd had to wait 10 minutes after a power failure left the pitch in total darkness just as Spain was about to take a penalty on fulltime. The Hockeyroos then saved it and another penalty.
"Having to wait to take the penalty, the team lost its concentration," Usoz admitted.
The Netherlands advanced on goals by Sylvia Karres and Kim Lammers _ the tournament's leading scorers _ and Miek van Geenhuizen.
Karres put the Netherlands ahead in the 13th, deflecting in a point shot. Van Geenhuizen fired past Argentina goalkeeper Mariela Antoniska's far side from the wing to double the Dutch lead in the 45th. Lammers tipped a ball through Antoniska's pads for her fifth goal of the tournament 15 minutes later.
"We prepared really well, we analyzed Argentina very strongly and the girls did everything well that we planned," Netherlands coach Marc Lammers said. "Now we will relax _ it's been a hard tournament, so we need to relax before starting again with the final."
Maria de la Paz Hernandez finished a three-on-one rush with a powerful one-timer to put Argentina on the board in the 64th, but the Leonas could not muster any more of a comeback as the Dutch allowed few chances within the area.
Argentina will face Spain in the third-place playoff on Sunday, with the host guaranteed its highest ever finish in the championship.
Also on Friday, the United States beat Olympic champion Germany 1-0 and can finish no lower than sixth _ its highest placing in 12 years.
Tiffany Snow scored in the 37th with a shot beyond diving goalkeeper Yvonne Frank after a centering pass from Kate Barber.
American goalkeeper Amy Tran had one of the best performances of the tournament, stopping numerous shots from within the area, including a gloved save to deny Fanny Rinne in the 11th.
She denied Rinne twice more from penalty corners in the 51st and 52nd.
"I'm sure when I watch the videos afterwards that I'll find I made some mistakes," Tran said. "But it's the first time I've played against Germany, so that's not a bad start."
The U.S. team plays Japan _ which beat England 2-0 on goals by Kaori Chiba and Sakae Morimoto _ in the fifth-place final on Saturday with an automatic spot in next year's Champion's Trophy at stake.
Current Champions Trophy winner Germany takes on England in the seventh-place final.
Also, China beat South Africa 4-0 and South Korea beat India 4-1 in the ninth-to-12th playoffs.
Ye Ren, Bo Ma Yi, Zhen Sun and Chun Ling Tang scored for China.
Park Young-soon scored two goals and Park Mi-hyun and Kim Jung-hee added the others for South Korea. Binita Toppo scored for India in the 64th.


Updated : 2021-05-10 02:04 GMT+08:00