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2019年1月15日 上海性息

Second win for Kookaburras in champs

Australia stayed on course for a third successive Champions Trophy title with a 6-3 come-from-behind win over the Netherlands, as three games witnessed a 22-goal deluge.

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Australia led 1-0 at half-time against the Dutch but were then 3-2 down with 16 minutes left to play.

However, they scored four unanswered field goals in the last seven minutes to secure a second successive win.

Jamie Dwyer pounced on a loose ball in the circle early in the first half for the only score of before the break.

After Dwyer’s goal, the Dutch pressed Australia high to prompt errors in the defence which was rewarded with a penalty stroke, taken by Mink van der Weerden and saved by goalkeeper Nathan Burgers on his right pad.

Rogier Hofman levelled for the Netherlands, bursting through Australia’s defence early in the second half.

Australia replied within minutes with Luke Doerner’s second penalty corner conversion attempt.

Back came the Dutch minutes later with Captain Teun de Nooijer finishing a break through the middle of the pitch.

Van der Weerden made amends for missing the penalty stroke to flick Netherlands’ first and only penalty corner chance high over Burger’s head into the top of the net to give his side a 3-2 lead.

The Dutch reverted to a defensive pattern, abandoned their attacking, running game and succumbed to a focused Australian attack who scored four times in the last seven minutes.

Des Abbott, Russell Wilson, Jamie Dwyer and Russell Ford were all on target.

Australia coach Richard Charlesworth expected a tough encounter from Netherlands.

“We expect that from Holland and it provided a good learning experience for our players,” Charlesworth said.

Netherlands coach Paul van Ass gave credit to the Aussies.

“Credit goes to Australia. You have not beaten them until the game is over and the game is 70 minutes,” van Ass said.

The Kookaburras now have a rest day to prepare for their next match, where they’ll meet England.