Australia wins again at Champions Trophy

Auckland: World No.1 Australia beat Britain 4-1 on Monday to stay unbeaten after two matches at the Champions Trophy men`s field hockey tournament.

Matthew Butturini, Matt Gohdes, Jamie Dwyer and Luke Doerner scored as Australia outclassed first round winner Britain to stay atop Pool A.

Rogier Hofman scored with five minutes left to give the Netherlands a 3-2 win over Germany, the Olympic and European champion, and to leave it unbeaten atop Pool B in the elite, eight-team tournament.

The win was the Netherlands` fifth in succession over Germany at Champions Trophy tournaments and its ninth in all matches.

In other matches on Monday, first-round loser Spain beat Pakistan 4-2 and New Zealand beat Korea 6-1.

Defending champion and 11-time winner Australia took just six minutes to snatch the lead through Butturini in its match against Britain, which had beaten Pakistan 2-1 in its opening match. Fergus Kavanagh split the defense with a superb pass and Butturini beat goalkeeper James Farr at the near post.

Britain missed a chance to equalize from a penalty corner and Australia capitalized, going 2-0 up after 22 minutes when Gohdes rewarded a period of intense pressure.

The second half was more evenly contested and Britain dragged itself back into the game with a goal to Simon Mantell with 15 minutes remaining. But Australia struck back through Dwyer two minutes later to lead 3-1 and Doerner clinched the win with a penalty corner drag-flick two minutes from the end.

Hofman`s brilliant goal earned the Netherlands its second-straight win after an opening 2-0 win over Korea.

Billy Bakker scored the Netherlands` opening goal off an accurate pass from Teun de Nooijer, but Germany replied quickly through Tobias Matania. Germany then went ahead 2-1 when Christoph Menke scored from lead-up work by Thilo Sralkowski.

Jeroen Hertzberger pulled the Netherlands level and Hoffman added the winner as the clock ticked down.

Penalty corner ace Pau Quemada scored twice as Spain beat Pakistan 4-2. Sohail Abbas ad found the target from a penalty corner in the sixth minute of the second half to level the score at 2-2, but Quemada scored twice in eight minute to give Spain its opening win.

Shea McAleese (2), Phil Burrows, Nick Wilson, Shay Neal and Andrew Hayward scored as New Zealand recovered from its opening 2-1 loss to Germany to move into second place in Pool B.

Australia meets Pakistan, South Korea plays Germany, Spain plays Britain and New Zealand meets the Netherlands in matches on Tuesday.

Bureau Report

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