Australia topped Great Britain 2-1 thanks to a late surge in the fourth quarter of the game.
After a scoreless first two quarters of play, the Kookaburras thought they took the lead at the end of the third quarter. The goal ended up being millimeters away from the line, and the umpires ruled that it never actually made it into the cage.
However, Australia finally received its chance when Aran Zalewski, who returned from his one-game suspension, pushed one into the net off of a brilliant pass from Daniel Beale for the 1-0 lead.
This is what it took for the momentum to shift.
Australia pushed the field on a breakaway play with minutes left to play. Glenn Turner’s original shot stopped right on the goal line, but Jacob Whetton was right by the goal to tap it in for the team’s second point.
Great Britain still had something left up its sleeve. With two minutes left, Ashley Jackson scored off of a penalty corner attempt. Team GB wasn’t ready to give up, but neither was the Australia defense. The Kookaburras held off any last-second attempts to clinch the win.
Suddenly Australia finds itself back up at third place in Pool A. They are hanging right behind undefeated Spain and Belgium.
New Zealand Overwhelms Brazil
Behind four goals from Nick Wilson, New Zealand blanked Brazil 9-0 in its first win in the tournament.
The Black Sticks took it to Brazil early, with the first two goals coming from Wilson. Shay Neal, Simon Child and Kane Russell all started to pile on goals to go up 5-0 before the second quarter’s end.
Brazil goalkeeper Rodrigo Faustino never caught a break as most of the time was spent near his territory. New Zealand took out its goalkeeper with three minutes remaining in the third quarter. Even so, Brazil could not manage any attempts. They would bring him back in for the fourth quarter.
Nic Wilson finished off New Zealand’s scoring on a penalty corner.
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