USA Field Hockey NEWS Australia draws agai...

Australia draws again in men's field hockey

Aug. 19, 2008, 11:17 a.m. (ET)

BEIJING (AP) Australia is showing rare vulnerability in Olympic men's field hockey.

The Aussies are the defending Olympic champions and are ranked No. 1 in the world, but they struggled at times in a 3-all tie with Britain on Tuesday. Australia (3-0-2) tied the match with a goal by Eddie Ockenden in the 68th minute.

It was Australia's second straight draw following a 2-all tie with the Netherlands on Sunday, but the team still advanced to the semifinals. Australia will play Spain, and Germany will play the Netherlands in the semifinals on Thursday.

The Netherlands defeated Pakistan 4-2 to finish pool play unbeaten and advance to the semifinals. Pakistan (2-3) led 1-0 at halftime, but the Netherlands (4-0-1) scored the next three goals, including two by Taeke Taekema, to take a 3-1 lead.

Pakistan's Adnan Maqsood scored in the 65th minute to make it 3-2, but Holland's Jeroen Hertzberger scored an insurance goal in the 69th minute.

Spain won Pool A after defeating South Korea 2-1. Spain (4-1) got two goals from Santiago Freixa. Korea's Yoon Sung-hoon scored in the 69th minute.

World champion Germany defeated New Zealand 3-1 to advance. Timo Wess and Matthias Witthaus scored in the first 10 minutes to give the Germans (3-0-2) control. New Zealand (2-2-1) needed a win to have a chance at the semifinals.

Canada defeated South Africa 5-3 in a matchup of winless teams. Canada (1-3-1) matched its goal total for the previous four matches, and South Africa (0-5) found offensive success after scoring one goal prior to Tuesday's game.

Wayne Fernandes and Connor Grimes scored two goals for Canada, while Austin Smith matched the feat for New Zealand.

Belgium defeated China 3-1.