|June 21st, 2013|
|20||Semi-Final||8:00pm||AUS - NED||4 - 3 (2 - 1)||Final|
Australia won a battle of corners to see off Rotterdam hosts the Netherlands 4-3 to reach the final of the World League and guarantee their ticket to the 2014 World Cup into the bargain.
It was a thriller throughout with the Aussies never able to get fully free of a Dutch side that kept fighting their way back into the tie. Christopher Ciriello’s second minute drag-flick initially saw a penalty stroke awarded but it was ruled out on referral.
But the set piece expert did not have long to wait until he opened the scoring, dragging home a low bullet past Jaap Stockmann’s stick side. Jeroen Hertzberger levelled with a flick of his own after Jelle Galema’s good work won the corner.
Matt Gohdes, though, gave Australia the half-time lead with a superb effort, ghosting down the right baseline, flipping the ball onto his reverse before sliding the ball under the goalkeeper.
The second equaliser owed more to brute force than finesse as Billy Bakker roofed a brilliantly powerful backhand shot. From 2-2, the game reverted back to a corner shoot-out as Russell Ford got a touch to Kieran Govers low flick to restore his side’s lead for a third time.
Crucially, Govers’ heavily deflected flick with 14 minutes left put Australia two ahead for the first time and while Rogier Hofman did get one back from the injector spot, the Dutch could not find another goal.
It means Australia will play Belgium in Sunday’s final while the Netherlands are into the third place playoff against New Zealand.
|June 21st, 2013 at 1:06 pm||And we're off in the hotly anticipated second semi-final between Australia and the Netherlands in Rotterdam|
|June 21st, 2013 at 1:10 pm||Drama already as Ciriello's drag-flick is blocked on the line by Kemperman, stroke given but then review cancels it, AUS 0 NED 0, 2min|
|June 21st, 2013 at 1:25 pm||Ciriello nails his second penalty corner with a low bullet past Stockmann's stick side, AUS 1 NED 0 after 17mins|
|June 21st, 2013 at 1:31 pm||Hertzberger equalises with another drag-flick after Galema won the pc, its now Netherlands 1 Australia 1 after 23mins|
|June 21st, 2013 at 1:34 pm||That's a super goal from Gohdes, breaking down the baseline, flipping to his reverse and slipping in, Australia 2-1 up on Netherlands|
|June 21st, 2013 at 1:45 pm||The Dutch survive a pc on the hooter to see the half-time score, Australia 2 Netherlands 1|
|June 21st, 2013 at 1:57 pm||Bakker levels it three minutes into the second half with a bolt from the top of the circle, Netherlands 2 Australia 2|
|June 21st, 2013 at 2:04 pm||Govers nails a beauty of a drag off the inside of the post, its now Australia 3 Netherlands 2, 42mins gone|
|June 21st, 2013 at 2:16 pm||End to end stuff here as a Dutch pc is saved before AUS counter and Stockmann responds in kind seconds later, AUS 3 NED 2, 53mins|
|June 21st, 2013 at 2:19 pm||Govers makes it 4-2 for Australia with 14mins left as his drag-flick takes a heavy defensive deflection|
|June 21st, 2013 at 2:21 pm||Netherlands respond immediately, injector Hofman slaps in from close range, NED 3 AUS 4 58mins gone|
|June 21st, 2013 at 2:34 pm||Final score, Australia win 4-3 against Netherlands, qualifying for the final and guaranteeing a World Cup place!|
|June 21st, 2013 at 2:36 pm||Australia will now play Belgium in Sunday's final while the Netherlands meet New Zealand for third place|