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2008 Mens Olympic Games

Beijing, China - August 10-23, 2008

Spain v Australia

Semifinal

# Info Date Teams Score Status Match Sheet
August 21st, 2008
M34 Semifinal 8:30pm Spain ESP - AUS Australia 3 - 2 (0 - 1) Final    

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Semi-final: Spain v Australia

> All four nations that made it to the semifinals of the 2004 Olympics have reached the last four in Beijing.
> Spain and Australia have met 31 times in competitive matches. The Kookaburras have triumphed 19 times, whereas the Iberians have emerged victorious five times. Seven meetings were drawn.
> This is a replay of this year's Champions Trophy final, which Australia won 4-1 in Rotterdam in June. Des Abbott, Jamie Dwyer, Eddie Ockenden and Eli Matheson netted for Australia. Xavier Ribas connected for Spain.
> Spain's last victory over Australia in a major competition was their 3-1 triumph at the 2007 Champions Trophy in Kuala Lumpur.
> These nations also met in the semifinals of the Athens 2004 Olympics, with Australia winning 6-3 en route to an eventual gold medal.
> Australia are the titleholders, winning their only Olympic championship four years ago.
> Spain's best finish in the Olympics is winning a silver medal in Moscow in 1980 and in Atlanta in 1996. The medal in Atlanta was their last in Men's Hockey to date.
> With five goals conceded in the group phase, Spain's has been the tightest defence in the competition.
> Australia were by far the most productive nation in the group phase, netting 24 times in five matches.
> Des Abbott and Jamie Dwyer lead the Kookaburra charge in Beijing have scored four times each in the tournament.
> Santi Freixa is Spain's leading marksman in Beijing with four goals from five matches.
> Spain's 12% success rate (3-for-25) in the penalty corner department ranks lowest among the 12 nations in the Men's Hockey competition in Beijing.
> Australia have converted 5 of 18 penalty corners (28%) in the group phase.

NED v GER (Semifinal) CHN v RSA (Placement 11-12)

POOL STANDINGS

Team Pld W D L GD Pts
Pool A
Spain  ESP 5 4 0 1 4 12
Germany  GER 5 3 2 0 6 11
South Korea  KOR 5 2 1 2 2 7
New Zealand  NZL 5 2 1 2 1 7
Belgium  BEL 5 1 1 3 -4 4
China  CHN 5 0 1 4 -9 1
Pool B
Netherlands  NED 5 4 1 0 10 13
Australia  AUS 5 3 2 0 17 11
Great Britain  GBR 5 2 2 1 3 8
Pakistan  PAK 5 2 0 3 -2 6
Canada  CAN 5 1 1 3 -7 4
South Africa  RSA 5 0 0 5 -21 0

MATCHES

Aug 23, 2008
CHN China
South Africa RSA
KOR South Korea
Great Britain GBR
NED Netherlands
Australia AUS
GER Germany
Spain ESP
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