Germany, Netherlands advance to men's field hockey final

Germany and the Netherlands will battle for men's field hockey gold after both teams were semifinal winners on Thursday at the London Games.

Germany gets a chance to defend its 2008 Beijing Olympics title after downing Australia 4-2. Three of those goals by the Germans came in the second half, including the winner by Timo Wess at the 59-minute mark.

Germany beat Spain in the Beijing final.

The Netherlands are in the gold medal match for the second time in three Olympics after pounding Great Britain 9-2. Billy Bakker and Roderick Weusthof scored three goals each in the victory.

After previously grabbing gold in 1996 and 2000, the Netherlands had to settle for silver at the 2004 Athens Games and came in fourth four years ago in Beijing.

In earlier matches, Pakistan rallied to beat South Korea to finish in seventh place, while New Zealand downed Argentina to end in ninth.