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Australia’s victorious hockey team console Germany after defeating them in Tokyo Olympic Games

Sportsmanship until the end: Australia’s victorious hockey team console Germany after defeating them in a hard-fought semi-final – as the Kookaburras prepare for Olympic gold in Tokyo

Australia will battle Belgium for Olympic men’s Olympic hockey gold in Tokyo after hard-fought 3-1 semi-final win over Germany.  

Blake Govers, who scored as Australia overcame Germany 3-1 in a pulsating semi-final, says emulating the success in Athens 17 years ago has driven Colin Batch’s side in Japan.

‘Rio has fuelled the fire for five years,’ said Govers, referring to the 4-0 quarter-final defeat to the Netherlands at the 2016 Olympics.

‘But the Kookaburras haven’t won a gold medal since ’04. So that’s an even bigger fire.  

Despite the win the Aussies were pictured helping the Germans up off the ground after their win in a wonderful show of sportsmanship from the Kookaburras. 

Australia will battle Belgium for Olympic men’s Olympic hockey gold in Tokyo after hard-fought 3-1 semi-final win over Germany

Despite the win the Aussies were pictured helping the Germans up off the ground after their win in a wonderful show of sportsmanship from the Kookaburras

Despite the win the Aussies were pictured helping the Germans up off the ground after their win in a wonderful show of sportsmanship from the Kookaburras

Tim Brand put the Kookaburras ahead from close range after seven minutes following brilliant work from Flynn Oglivie.

Lukas Windfeder levelled with a penalty corner as Germany responded quickly.

But Govers, with his 96th international goal and seventh of these Tokyo Games, restored the Kookaburras’ lead with a vicious low penalty corner. 

‘It’s not just this team. We acknowledge the past and inspire the future,’ Govers said.

‘That’s what we want to do and it’s been a hard road for everyone.

‘Gold would mean a lot for me personally. ‘We’ve put the hard yards in, so you get what you deserve.’ 

Australia had made the semi-final by beating the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out and Govers said: 'We've quite enjoyed this hard run

Australia had made the semi-final by beating the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out and Govers said: ‘We’ve quite enjoyed this hard run

Tim Brand put the Kookaburras ahead from close range after seven minutes following brilliant work from Flynn Oglivie

Tim Brand put the Kookaburras ahead from close range after seven minutes following brilliant work from Flynn Oglivie

Germany forced much of the play in a combative second half with Australia restricted to rare breakouts

Germany forced much of the play in a combative second half with Australia restricted to rare breakouts

Germany forced much of the play in a combative second half with Australia restricted to rare breakouts.

Lachlan Sharp secured victory 90 seconds from time after Germany had gambled by replacing goalkeeper Alexander Stadler with an outfield player.

Australia had made the semi-final by beating the Netherlands in a penalty shoot-out and Govers said: ‘We’ve quite enjoyed this hard run.

‘It’s given us a lot of preparation – European teams who we haven’t played much of.

‘It’s been a great experience heading into Belgium and now we’ve got to to focus on our job.’

World champions Belgium booked their final spot earlier on Tuesday by beating India 5-2.

The two sides will battle for gold at Tokyo’s Oi Stadium on Thursday evening.

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