Hockey: Germans end England World Cup dream

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England's Hockey World Cup campaign ground to a halt today as they were beaten 4-1 by Germany in the semi-finals.

Hopes were high after an impressive group stage campaign in Delhi which saw them become the first to qualify for the last four thanks to victories over favourites Australia, India. Pakistan and South Africa.

But they fell behind to Jan-Marco Montag's goal from a short corner after six minutes and that became 2-0 five minutes later through Oliver Korn.

Richard Smith pulled one back for England, but Martin Haner re-established Germany's two-goal advantage just before the break and Linus Butt rounded off the scoring from a penalty corner.

Germany will face either Australia or Holland in the final, with the losers of that match playing England for the bronze medal.