Spain to face Australia in Champions Trophy Final 2011: Spain in good with game and specially this time they face Aussies team in hockey champions trophy 2011. Spain defeated the Netherlands 3-1 on Saturday to set up a hockey Champions Trophy final showdown with defending champions 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.
Spain, out to make amends after placing sixth at the European Championships, maintained the attacking game they have adopted at the Auckland tournament and never relinquished the lead after Eduard Tubau scored in the second minute.
Roc Oliva doubled their advantage on 25 minutes and, while Bob de Voogd pulled one back for Holland just before half time, Spain dominated the renowned Dutch defence throughout.
The pressure paid off with a Jorge Dabanch field goal after the break and Spain could have blown out the score further if not for a fine display from Dutch keeper Jacob Stockmann.
Netherlands coach Paul van Ass said the Spaniards had proved “they’re back on the world level again”.
Spain lost 3-2 to Australia in the opening round of the tournament but pushed the defending champions hard, with Kookaburras skipper Jamie Dwyer admitting they were lucky to come away with a win.
Australia’s Dwyer was named world player of the year for a record fifth time before the 2-1 win over New Zealand, which had no bearing on the final day’s play Sunday as the Kookaburras qualified for the decider with a game in hand.
Meanwhile Pakistan slumped to their fourth loss in five matches, failing to build on a promising 6-2 win over South Korea as Germany ruthlessly exploited their frailties in a five-goal mauling.
Pakistan, making their first appearance at the Champions Trophy since 2007, will face South Korea on Sunday in a Pool D match to determine the bottom two places at the eight-nation tournament.