Germans in the way of Kookaburras
THE Kookaburras have dispatched Pakistan and any fears that their campaign to win Olympic gold is losing momentum.
After drawing their past two pool games against Argentina and Great Britain, the world champions crushed Pakistan 7-0 to set up a semi-final showdown with defending Olympic champion and world No.2 Germany in the early hours of tomorrow (from 12.30am).
Chris Ciriello (two), Liam De Young, Mark Knowles, Jamie Dwyer, Russell Ford and Glenn Turner scored the goals.
It was the third time in five matches the Kookaburras scored five or more goals in a match, and the second time they had scored seven. The Aussies finished with a total of 23 goals to top Pool A.
As well as having the best attacking record in the tournament, the Australians are also the strongest defensively, having let in just five goals.
Germany qualified in second place in Pool B behind the Dutch, who signed off from their pool games by beating South Korea 4-2 for their fifth successive win.
The Dutch will play GB in the second semi-final at 5am.
Although the performance against Pakistan was impressive, coach Ric Charlesworth warned his players they would have to be prepared for a more physical challenge from the Germans.
"It (the Pakistan result) doesn't mean anything," he said. "The Germans are a high-quality team. They're physically strong, they are skilled and they have some match-winning players.
"It's going to be very tough, but when you get to this level of competition, whoever you play is very good."