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Dutch to face Aussies in Champions Trophy final

AFP, MELBOURNE

Sander Baart of the Netherlands hits the ball during yesterday’s Netherlands versus Pakistan Champions Trophy match in Melbourne, Australia.

Photo: EPA

An in-form Netherlands stand in the way of Australia winning a record fifth straight Champions Trophy after convincing semi-final victories in Melbourne yesterday.

They progressed to today’s final with relative ease, with the Dutch downing Pakistan 5-2 and Australia proving too good for India in a 3-0 win.

Australia’s first goal came from a rebound that was swooped on by Jamie Dwyer, who then received a penalty stroke for a heavy tackle, making no mistake with the conversion for his second goal.

Kieran Govers scored the third to put the result beyond doubt.

Billy Bakker scored the first of his two goals for the Netherlands only two minutes into the match.

Severiano van Ass made it 2-0 after 20 minutes but Pakistan were given a gift minutes later with an own goal off the stick of Netherlands defender Bob de Voogd.

However a second Bakker goal gave them the momentum before halftime with a commanding 3-1 lead.

The Dutch powered on in the second half with two more goals before Shakeel Abbasi scored a late consolation goal.

In yesterday’s qualification matches, Belgium thrashed England 4-0 for their first ever Champions Trophy victory, while Germany held off a determined New Zealand to win 6-4.

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