Australia clinch World Cup

Starting their campaign with a defeat against England, Australia end on top of the world.

The Aussies have denied Germany a hattrick of world titles, winning a well-fought match by a 2-1 margin. This is Australia’s second World Cup title. Their first came in 1986 when they beat England 2-1 in the title round.

Australia took a 2-1 lead in the 59th minute as Like Doerner scored a direct goal from a penalty corner.

That was his eighth goal of the tournament. It is turning out to be a fascinating contest. The crowd is rooting for Germany.

Defending champions Germany made it 1-1 in the 47th minute. Moritz Furste converted a penalty corner, his team’s second in the match.

It is his second goal in the world championship. The Germans are attacking more after the break. Australia lost Kiel Brown due to a facial injury.

Half-time: Australia 1- 0 Germany

Australia lead defending champions Germany 1-0 at halftime, thanks to the 6th minute goal by Edward Ockenden.

Ockenden scored his first goal of the championship, latching on to a centre from the 25-yard line and muscling in through a pack of German defenders to scoop in.

Both teams won a penalty corner each, but could not convert them. Australia had more territorial advantage and for the first 20 minutes dominated the Germans. The Germans are not at their best. Mis-passes and defensive errors have defined their game so far.

Germany will be a aiming a hattrick of hockey World Cups when they take on Australia in the final at National Stadium on Saturday evening. This will also be the third consecutive World Cup final between the two hockey superpowers.

Germany, aiming to build a team for the 2012 Olympics in London, won the World Cup in 2002 and at home in 2006. Both finals were close affairs with the Germans edging out the Aussies 2-1 and 4-3.

Both Germany and Australia have peaked at the right time in the Delhi World Cup. Germany are unbeaten while Australia had lost their first match against England in Group B. Australia still topped their pool with a superior goal difference after finishing level on points with England.

Germany and England have played each other 11 times in the World Cup. Both have won four matches each. Their latest meeting in the 2009 Champions Trophy saw Australia winning at home 5-3. Australia went on to win the Champions Trophy.

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