16 Jun, 2014
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Defending champions Australia won their third men’s hockey World Cup title, defeating the Netherlands by 6-1 in the final on 15 June 2014. The Netherlands, the hosts of this edition of World Cup were humbled by Olympic Champions Australia despite taking the lead through Jereon Hertzberger. Chris Ciriello scored two goals for Australia. This was Australia’s third title after victories in 1986 and 2010.
Argentina won the third place and the bronze medal after defeating England 2-0. Belgium defeated Germany 4-2 to take 5th place while New Zealand defeated Spain 4-1 in a penalty shoot-out to take 7th place. India won ninth place after defeating South Korea by 3-0. 11th spot was taken by South Africa who defeated Malaysia convincingly by 6-2 and thus relegating it to the last place.
Olympic gold medallists and hosts The Netherlands defeated Australia 2-0 in the title showdown to clinch the women’s hockey World Cup at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague on 14 June 2014. This was the fourth time these two nations met in the women’s World Cup title encounter, and The Netherlands have won three of them. Out of 13 women’s World Cups since its inception in 1974, the Dutch have won it seven times.
Defending champions Argentina won the bronze medal after scoring a 2-1 win over the USA. This was Argentina’s fourth successive medal in the World Cup. They were champions in 2002 and 2010, and bagged a bronze in 2006.
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