|December 6th, 2012|
|14||Quarterfinal||8:00pm||AUS - ENG||2 - 0 (1 - 0)||Final||x 3|
Australia – England 2-0 (1-0 halftime)
Host Australia kept its hopes alive to win its fifth consecutive Champions Trophy title after earning a berth in the semi-finals with a 2-0 win over England. Australia will take on India in Saturday’s semi-final game. The Aussies have lost only twice against India in 11 Champions Trophy meetings, with the last defeat coming in 2002.
Jamie Dwyer showed that he is still among the world’s elite players when his reverse shot broke the Aussies onto the scoreboard 15 minutes into the game. It was a frantic pace that followed, but neither team was able to score through the rest of the half as the tournament had its fourth 1-0 score at the half on Quarterfinal Thursday.
The teams came out from the break and picked up right where they left off with dangerous scoring chances and fast feet. But again, despite the action, the goals were at a premium. It wasn’t until Christopher Ciriello stepped up and fired in a textbook penalty corner goal that the Aussies were able to build on their lead. It was the first game since the tournament opener that Australia netted more than one goal in a game.
England put in a gutsy effort after the Ciriello marker, but Australia their offense stalled against a strong Australian team.
Saturday’s semi-final game will be a meeting of two teams with very different fortunes at the Champions Trophy. Australia now has the chance to go for its sixth-straight medal at the Champions Trophy and an unprecedented fifth-straight gold medal at the event. They will take on India, who has just one bronze in their Champions Trophy history which was won in 1982.
The loss puts England out of the medal race at the Champions Trophy for the second consecutive year (the team played as Great Britain at the 2011 edition). The English will take on Belgium on Saturday to determine which team will play for fifth place and which will play for seventh.
|December 06th, 2012 at 3:05 am||Three down one to go! Will it be Australia or England that makes the SF cut? Game starts now!|
|December 06th, 2012 at 3:06 am||Three down one to go! Will it be Australia or England that makes the SF cut? Game starts now!|
|December 06th, 2012 at 3:37 am||With five minutes to go in the half, the Aussies hold the 1-0 lead but the pace is quick and margin for error small|
|December 06th, 2012 at 3:42 am||And the first half is finished -- Australia takes the 1-0 lead against England into the break|
|December 06th, 2012 at 3:42 am||Random fun fact to ponder during the break: All four QFs today have had a score of 1-0 at the break.|
|December 06th, 2012 at 4:14 am||Ciriello scores the key 2-0 goal on a pc flick, ending his frustration on the penalty corner in the last few games.|
|December 06th, 2012 at 4:22 am||Australia is eight minutes away from a semi-final date with India on Saturday. Can England spoil their plans?|
|December 06th, 2012 at 4:28 am||England goalie pulled for the extra attacker. They have two minutes to make some magic happen|
|December 06th, 2012 at 4:30 am||Australia is the fourth team to joint the semi-final party. They will take on India. The other SF is NED v. PAK.|
|December 06th, 2012 at 4:34 am||Thanks for following us today -- enjoy a quiet day tomorrow before its full steam ahead for the semi-finals on Saturday!|