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Australia win Bronze at Champions Trophy

SAMAA | - Posted: Dec 14, 2014 | Last Updated: 7 years ago
Posted: Dec 14, 2014 | Last Updated: 7 years ago

BHUBANESWAR: Australia beat host India by 2-1 to win  the Bronze medal at the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar on Sunday.

Matt Gohdes of Australia hit the winner eight minutes from time to give the Kookaburras their 28th Champions Trophy medal.

Australia captain Eddie Ockenden gave his team the lead early in the second quarter with a cool finish from close range following a smart exchange of passes with Jacob Whetton.

India bounced back and created numerous chances, while goalkeeper PR Sreejesh produced some outstanding saves to deny the Aussies a second before half time.

India dragged themselves back into the match when Lalit Upadhyay forced home a penalty corner from close range following some fine defending from the Australian back-line. The goal drew wild celebrations from the watching capacity crowd, and set up a thrilling final quarter.

SV Sunil wasted a great chance for India before Gohdes produced a poachers’ finish to give The Kookaburras a 2-1 advantage with eight minutes remaining. India threw everything at their opponents int he final stages, but the Australian defence held firm to seal the Bronze medal.

The Netherlands salvaged a fifth place finish with a 4-1 win over Argentina in Bhubaneswar, scoring four times in the final quarter to turn things around after trailing 1-0. England defeated Belgium 3-2 to claim seventh place, leaving the Red Lions in eighth place overall.

It was a high octane battle with Florent van Aubel scoring his first on ten minutes, latching onto a loose finish to fire past George Pinner. AGENCIES

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