The Fans of HockeyEventsChampions TrophyAustralia Beat Netherlands 2-1 on Golden Goal to Win 5th Consecutive Gold, Pakistan Finish 3rd in Champions Trophy 2012

Continuing on their fine run through out the tournament, the hosts Australia clinched 5th consecutive Gold Medal at Champions Trophy by defeating the Netherlands 2-1 on golden goal. It was the men in Orange, who took lead in 17th minute through Sander Baart on PC, but Russel Ford made it 1-1 on a missed PC, which stood till half time.

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Champions Trophy Melbourne 2012

Final Standings:
1. Australia, 2. Netherlands, 3. Pakistan,
4. India, 5. Belgium, 6. Germany,

7. New Zealand and 8. England

Best Player: Shakeel Abassi (PAK)
Best Goalkeeper: Jaap Stockmann (NED
Top Scorer: Nicholas Wilson (NZL)
Fair Play Award: The Netherlands

As usual Jaap Stockmaan was brilliant under the bars and kept Netherlands in match till the end of 2nd half. In extra time, Kieran Govers scored the winner for Kookaburras.

The bronze medal between wild card entrant India and Pakistan started on slow pace, but India took quick lead in 7th minute through VR Raghunath on PC. Pakistan, then applied pressure and Muhammad Rizwan Senior finished well worked move to equalize (1-1) in 21st minute.

After the break India got a PC but could not utilize and Pakistan mounted another attack on Indian citadel, on which Shafqat Rasool found the target from close range (41st minute) to make 2-1 in favor of his team. Indian lacked intensity even after they were trailing and bad trapping misfiring was seen upfront. Pakistan continued to counter Indian forwards and continued raiding Indian circle and earned a penalty corner a few minutes before final time hooter, which Ateeq Muhammad converted and took the match away from India. Though India pulled one back on PC after hooter but missed a critical PC in 69th minute and lost the match and bronze medal to Pakistan. This is India 4th consecutive loss to Pakistan in Champions Trophy Bronze Medal match after 2002, 2003 and 2004.

In classification matches, Belgium stunned London Gold medalists Germany 5-4 on golden goal to finish fifth and stay in the Champions Trophy, while New Zealand scored 3-2 victory over England on golden goal to finish 7th.

 

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