Australia win World Cup after 24 years

NEW DELHI: Australia won the men''s field hockey World Cup after a gap of 24 years with a 2-1 victory over defending champions Germany in the final on Saturday.

Luke Doerner scored the winning penalty corner 11 minutes from the end after Edward Ockenden put the Kookaburras ahead in the sixth minute and Moritz Furste drew level for Germany in the 48th.

Doerner''s eighth goal in the tournament made him the joint leading scorer with another penalty corner specialist Taeke Taekema of the Netherlands.

Australia, whose previous World Cup title came way back in 1986, had lost the last two finals against Germany in 2002 and 2006.

The Netherlands clinched the bronze with a 4-3 win over England in the play-off for the 3-4 positions earlier on Saturday.