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Oz on course for 6th CT title

World champions and holders Australia finally got their mojo back and defeated Argentina 4-2 to secure their place in the semifinal of the Champions Trophy hockey tournament at the Kalinga Stadium on Thursday. After a not-so-impressive outing where they won one, lost one and drew one game, the Kookaburras got their act together and dished out a much superior performance to down World Cup bronze medallist Argentina.

It took Australia six minutes to surge ahead as Simon Orchard got a stick to Russell Ford’s hard cross from the right flank. Argentina equalised one minute into the second quarter through skipper Matias Paredes (16th), who volleyed home a great goal following a fine build-up between Lucas Vila and Facundo Callioni.

Five minutes into the second half, Argentina took the lead but Argentina’s lead lasted just two minutes as Jeremy Hayward scored his third goal of the tournament, with a fierce drag-flick from a penalty corner.
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