Australia Take Revenge Against South Africa in Hockey Semi-Final

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Tue, 26/08/2014 - 09:33

Amrit Sidhu (CAN) struck on five occasions to help Canada beat Spain 6-5 in a hotly-contested semifinal that was finally decided via a sudden-death shootout after scores were tied four-all in regulation time at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games on Monday.

Manuel I Fabregas Bordas (ESP) and Jordi Farres Palet (ESP) got Spain off to a flier as they scored a goal each inside the first five minutes. Sidhu (CAN) pulled one back three-minutes later to end the first period 2-1 in favor of the Spaniards. 

Castej de Gonzalez (ESP) added to Canada’s woes, early in the second period, as he penetrated their defenses to score another goal. 

Vikram Sandhu (CAN) netted home Canada’s second goal of the match 11-minutes later, but Lucas Alcalde Garcia’s (ESP) strike gave Spain a two-goal advantage in the second period. 

 Sidhu and Balraj Panesar (CAN) scored in quick succession to even scores and take the game into a shoot-out
 

Canada refused to give in and Sidhu and Balraj Panesar (CAN) scored in quick succession to even scores and take the game into a shoot-out. 

The shoot-out failed to yield results as well and both sides ended it two goals apiece. In the sudden-death encounter that followed, each team scored from their first-three chances. But Gonzalez faltered with the fourth and that gave Canada an opportunity to make Hockey5s’ first final. 

They turned to Sidhu and once again he didn't disappoint and found the net
 

They turned to Sidhu and once again he didn't disappoint and found the net to put his side through to the final. Canada will play Australia for the gold medal at 20:30 on August 27. 

Defending YOG champions, Australia booked the other finals berth after they beat South Africa, 4-3.

Australia’s captain, Tim Howard (AUS), scored a brace for his side and Nathanael Stewart (AUS) and Corey Weyer (AUS) one each to take them through to their second-straight YOG final. 

 

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