Australia win the Men's Hockey League Finals as hosts India claim bronze
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Australia men have won the World League Finals with a 2-1 victory over Olympic champions Argentina in Bhubaneswar, India.
The Kookaburras opened the scoring in the second quarter when Jeremy Hayward slammed a low penalty corner effort into the net.
However, the lead lasted just a few minutes as Agustin Bugallo guided a perfectly angled deflection into the Australia net.
The winning goal came three minutes before full time when Blake Govers drag-flick beat the Argentine goalkeeper Juan Vivaldii.
“It feels awesome. We wanted to come here and play the best teams in the world,” said Australia captain Mark Knowles after the final, “our team is moving in the right direction, and we are looking forward to coming back here for the World Cup next year.”
Earlier, hosts India claimed bronze when they defeated a German side, heavily affected by injuries, 2-1. Germany had just 11 available players and started with reserve goalkeeper Mark Appel upfront.
India took the lead through SV Sunil’s cool finish after 21 minutes. Remarkably it was Appel who equalised for Germany sparking wild celebrations from the German bench.
But India were too strong for their tiring opponents with Harmanpreet Singh scoring with a drag-flick six minutes from time.
England men finished the tournament in eighth place after losing the 7th place play-off 1-0 to the Netherlands.
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