Champions Trophy: Australia in final, Germany knocked out

World No. 1 Australia boosted its points tally to 10 from four matches to ensure that it would feature in the title showdown irrespective of any result in other matches. Title holder Germany is without a victory from four outings, putting it out of contention from the title encounter.

Australian players celebrate after scoring a goal on Tuesday.   -  Getty Images

Australia secured its place in the final of the 36th Hero Champions Trophy with a 2-0 win over Belgium in the preliminary league, while defending champions Germany were out of contention after being held 1-1 by Great Britain here.

Title holder Germany is without a victory from four outings, drawing three and losing one, putting it out of contention from the title encounter.

Britain stays in the hunt for the second spot in the final with five points from four matches and need to win the last fixture against Belgium tomorrow to stay in contention.

World No. 1 Australia boosted its points tally to 10 from four matches to ensure that it would feature in the title showdown irrespective of any result in other matches.

India is in the second place with seven points, followed by Britain on five and Belgium on four. Open play goals from Glenn Turner in the 38th minute and Tristan White in the 49th gave Australia the upper hand against the Belgians, who tried to put up a good contest but suffered from poor shooting.

Australia, winner of the Champions Trophy for a record 13 times, takes on India in its last round-robin league fixture on Thursday. That match is extremely important for India, which is on seven points from four outings.

Germany today took the lead through a penalty corner goal by Tobias Hauke, who made good use of a rebound from the goalkeeper in the 29th minute.

Britain shot back through a penalty corner strike of its own through Ashley Jackson to equalise in the 48th minute and split two points with Germany, who had won the title two years ago in Bhubaneswar.

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