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NZ women reach Olympic hockey semis for first time, Germany knocked out

August 06, 2012 15:00 IST

New Zealand's women have reached the Olympic field hockey semifinals for the first time by knocking out Germany in a 0-0 draw at Riverbank Arena on Monday.

The surprising New Zealanders, three times wooden-spooners in the Olympics, ensured they finished in the top two of Pool B, leaving Argentina and Australia to fight for the last spot in the last match of the day.

Germany, the 2004 champion, needed to beat New Zealand by three goals to have a chance of advancing, and had two goals disallowed.

New Zealand had not so much as drawn with Germany in eight years, and only last month were hammered 5-1 in a friendly.

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