London 2012 - Spain finish fifth in World Cup

Reuters - Fri, 12 Mar 18:23:00 2010

Pablo Amat scored both goals as Olympic silver medallists Spain defeated South Korea 2-0 to finish fifth at the men's hockey World Cup.

Spain's Eduard Tubau (L) celebrates with his team mates after scoring the second goal during their match against England at the men's Hockey World Cup in New Delhi - 0

Victory for the Spaniards meant they clinched the last available spot for this year's Champions Trophy in Germany.

Amat scored in the first minute off a through-ball from Alex Fabregas and again in the 32nd, this time the pass coming from David Alegre from the right at the Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium.

Holders Germany will meet Australia in the final on Saturday for the third successive tournament after European champions England take on Netherlands in the bronze medal match.

Argentina beat India 4-2 in the match to decide the seventh and eighth spots and New Zealand edged out South Africa 5-4 on penalty stroke sudden death for ninth after the teams were locked 4-4 at the end of regulation and extra time.

"It was a really good tournament for us," Argentina goalscorer Martin Lucas Vila said. "I think we showed our game. We are happy with the seventh place."

Reuters

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