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Netherlands punches ticket to field hockey semifinals

London, England (Sports Network) - The Netherlands used a second-half surge to secure its spot in the men's field hockey semifinals, staying undefeated with a 3-1 victory over Germany on Sunday.

The Netherlands scored twice in the second half, with Teun de Nooijer snapping a 1-1 deadlock at the 36-minute mark and Mink van der Weerden adding an insurance tally. It was the 450th international cap for de Nooijer.

At 4-0 and on top of Pool B, the Netherlands advanced into the semis. Germany, now 3-1, needs only one point in its matchup with New Zealand on Tuesday to move on.

New Zealand will be coming off a 1-1 draw with Belgium, which eliminated both countries from advancing.

South Korea, meanwhile, kept its chances at a semifinal spot alive with a 4-1 win over India in Pool B play. On the strength of three goals from penalty corners, the Koreans moved to 2-2-0 and three points behind the Germans. However, they face the Netherlands on Tuesday.

Pool A remains tight between four teams, with Australia and Great Britain tied atop the standings with eight points each. However, they are both just a point up on Pakistan and Spain, while Argentina and South Africa are 0-3-1 and out of contention.

Great Britain and Australia failed to pull away from each other after battling to a 3-3 draw on Sunday. The Aussies were in prime position after netting the first three scores, including two from Russell Ford, however, the Brits battled back with three second-half goals. They got the tying score from James Tindall at the 66-minute mark.

Pakistan and Spain gained ground with wins over South Africa and Argentina, respectively.

08/05 18:14:27 ET

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