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Aussies beat Germany to Make Champions Trophy Final


Australia's men's field hockey team has qualified for the finals by trouncing Germany, 5-0, at the Champions Trophy tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Kookaburras got goals from Russell Ford (23rd minute), Travis Brooks (25), Edward Ockenden (40), Liam De Young (51) and Luke Doerner (64) to secure the win.

The Germans had previously qualified for the final and rested several key players in Saturday's match. Germany plays Australia again for the tournament crown on Sunday.

South Korea saw its chances of making the final evaporate when it played Britain to a 2-2 draw. The South Koreans take on the Netherlands in the third-place game Sunday. The Dutch scored a 4-1 win over Pakistan. Spain trounced host country Malaysia, 7-2, in their last round-robin match.

At the end of the group stage, Germany leads the standings with 16 points, while Australia is second with 13. The Netherlands and South Korea have 12 points, but the Dutch have a better goal differential. Britain has seven points, Pakistan has five and Malaysia one.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.

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