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HWL: Defending champions Australia thrash Spain 4-1 to enter semis

Blake Govers converted two set pieces in the 50th minute to hand Australia a convincing win.

Defending champions Australia lived upto their billing, notching up a 4-1 win over Spain to storm into the semifinals of the Hockey World League (HWL) Final in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.

World No 2 Australia exhibited their masterclass in penalty corners as Blake Govers converted two set pieces in the 50th minute to hand his side a convincing win in the first quarterfinal of the eight-nation tournament at the Kalinga Stadium.

After a slow start to the tournament, the Kookaburras hit their prime form when it mattered and converted three penalty corners in a span of three minutes to throw Spain out of the contest after both the teams were locked 1-1 at half time.

The Aussies were off to a quick start with Dylan Wotherspoon creating early trouble for the Spanish defence and, on at least two occasions, he was denied by rival goalkeeper Quico Cortes.

Spain, too, were not to be left behind as in the seventh minute, Marc Serrahima had an open chance, but he failed to tackle the ball in front of an open goal.

But in the 20th minute Spain stunned Australia when Marc Garcia shot the ball home from the left flank to hand his side the lead.

Surprised by the goal, the Kookaburras started pressing hard.

After wasting their first penalty corner in the 23rd minute, Jeremy Hayward converted the second one as the Aussies drew parity in the 32nd minute.

Thereafter, they simply ran away with the game scoring three goals, including two in one minute itself.

Aaron Kleinschmidt converted Australia’s third penalty corner before Govers joined the party.

Spain earned a penalty corner in the dying minute of the match, but the Australian custodian Tristan Clemons was upto the task.

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