Men's Hockey World Cup Final 2014: Date, Start Time, Live Stream and Preview

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Men's Hockey World Cup Final 2014: Date, Start Time, Live Stream and Preview
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It's clear who the dominant nations at the 2014 World Cup of Hockey are, with the Netherlands and Australia having qualified for the finals in both the Men's and Women's tournament.

Defending champions Australia rolled past an Argentine squad early on Friday, putting together a dominant display of attacking hockey to win 5-1.

The hosts survived a thriller against England, taking the lead in the first half and clinging on for dear life until the final whistle, the score still 1-0.

Both teams topped their respective group after the group stages and have yet to lose during the 2014 World Cup. It's the one match all fans were hoping to see, and on Sunday, these two teams will give us the perfect conclusion to two weeks of top-class hockey.

 

Date: Sunday, June 15

Time: 2.15 p.m. BST/9:15 a.m. ET

Venue: Kyocera Stadium, the Netherlands

TV info and live stream: The match will be broadcast on Sky Sports, with mobile coverage available via the Sky Go app (subscription required) and the ESPN Player.

 

Preview

The Netherlands

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Oranje will be playing in their first final in 16 years, thanks to a penalty corner from specialist Mink van der Weerden after 30 minutes of play.

Goalkeeper Jaap Stockmann was called into action on several occasions, but overall the Dutch defence held up well against England's late attacking onslaught.

The hosts scored 14 times and conceded four during the group stages, and that ratio was influenced a great deal by the comfortable 7-1 win over South Africa.

The 2-1 win over Korea Republic, the draw against New Zealand and the narrow 1-0 win over Germany all highlighted the fact this Dutch team has issues, particularly on the offensive end.

The team scores the majority of its goals on penalty corners and has struggled tremendously converting chances from open play. The Dutch aren't devoid of creativity—they just fail to hit the target when they take their chances.

Manager Paul van Ass spoke to the press after the team's 1-0 win over England, and as reported on the event's official website, he explained why the match against England was such a difficult one:

They gave us the midfield, and I understand why. But I like to play more attacking hockey, and when it is like that, we can always concede a goal.

The Netherlands have looked solid defensively and play best when they have space in the opposing half, so Australia's attacking style of play will suit the hosts nicely.

 

Australia

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The Kookaburras will be playing in their fourth consecutive World Cup final, and looking at their performances over the past two weeks, the defending champions look to have their chances of defending that title.

Group A was supposed to be the tougher of the two groups, with England, Belgium, Spain and even India capable of challenging the Australians for the top spot.

Instead, Australia scored 19 goals and conceded just once, winning each of their five matches by at least a two-goal difference (Belgium came the closest to beating the team, losing 3-1).

Peter Dejong/Associated Press

The team's dominance continued in the semi-final, with Kieran Govers opening the score after just four minutes with a brilliant solo effort, winning a penalty corner and converting it himself.

Australia have scored in every possible manner this tournament, displaying excellence on the penalty corner, creativity in the circle and sheer athleticism on the counter-attack.

There's a reason this team has been consistently excellent in this tournament—they're scarily good.

The Kookaburras will take advantage of any mistakes the opposing team makes, and with everyone on the team always moving forward, they don't give up a lot of chances.

Their wide-open style of play will give the Dutch team space to work with, and the Dutch attack is stronger than any they have seen up until this stage of the tournament.

But with the sheer amount of bodies Australia can put in front of goal, even Stockmann will struggle keeping his nets clean. The hosts will be backed by a fiery home crowd, but there's no denying Australia are heavy favourites going into the final.

 

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