Australia joins Germany in Champions Trophy final

Australia joins Germany in the final of the Champions Trophy tournament after a 5-3 victory over South Korea in Rotterdam.

updated: February 25, 2007 08:37 IST
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Australia joined Germany in the final of the Champions Trophy tournament after a 5-3 victory over South Korea in their last round robin match here today. Four of Australia's goals came from corners, two being scored by Troy Elder who took his tournament tally to four. Craig Victory gave Australia the lead on 20 minutes from his side's second corner when he was left unmarked to tap home at the right post. In what was an evenly-matched first half, the only real chance in open play fell to Jung-Chul Kim who shot wide. Korea forced more corners in the half and, just when it seemed certain Australia would go into the break with a goal lead, Korea gained their fourth corner. With just 20 seconds remaining Woon-kon Yeo took a return pass and flicked home. But after the break Australia wasted no time regaining the upper hand. Two poor traps in the Korean circle cost them goals in the first four minutes of the second half. Adam Commens, the Australian left midfielder, scored after just 30 seconds of the half and Elder found the top corner of the Korean goal from a 39th-minute corner. In a last-ditch attempt to save the match, Korea immediately changed their goalkeeper but Elder made it two goals from successive corners in the 51st minute, flicking lower and to the other side. Korea pulled back a goal four minutes later to make it 4-2 with a smart reverse stick shot by Keon-wook Kang but Australia's lead remained safe and was made secure when Scott Webster scored at the right post from their seventh and last corner in the 67th minute. A late goal by Jung-seon Lee made no difference to the outcome. Tomorrow's final should prove a close-run affair as both Australia and Germany attempt to win the trophy for the eighth time. (PTI)