Australia beat Argentina 2-1

Argentina scored through field strikes and a penalty stroke to eke out their first win of the tournament

India reclaimed the bronze medal at the Hockey World League (HWL) Final after eking out a close 2-1 win over a depleted but spirited Germany in the third-fourth place classification match here on Sunday. Australia scored first through Hayward in the 17th minute while Argentina equalised through Agustin Bugallo. Later Australia and Argentina will clash for the Gold medal match at 7.30 pm before India lock horns with Germany at 5.15 pm.

Australia and Argentina were tied 1-1 after three-quarters of the match.

After seeing his side win their second consecutive Hockey World League title, Australia captain Mark Knowles described his emotions.

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"We wanted to come here and play the best teams in the world, and you can not ask for a better final with the number one and number two ranked teams facing each other".

India have already booked their place in the last four of the tournament when they claimed a stunning shoot-out victory over Belgium's Red Lions, a team that came into the contest on the back of three straight victories.

Contrary to the final result, Argentina had more shots on goal (nine against Australias six) than their opponents but the Kookaburras had better ball possession. India though unfortunately without star players Sardar Singh and PR Sreejesh.

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