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Iran falls short against Austria in Indoor Hockey World Cup semi-final
Iran failed to qualify for the 2015 Indoor Hockey World Cup final after losing to Austria on Saturday.
 Team Iran was defeated against Austria 7-5 in Leipzig, Germany.

The Austrians were in sparkling form to open up a 6-1 lead, but the Iranians – who produced a shock result by defeating Russia in the quarter-final – scored three times in quick succession to breathe new life into the match. However, Austrian goal-machine Michael Korper put the result beyond doubt with his fourth of the game before Iran’s Behadad Beiranvand completed the scoring.

The Netherlands recorded one of the biggest shocks in Indoor Hockey World Cup history by defeating triple world champion Germany on home soil in the tournament semi-final.

The match was played in front of a hugely vocal sell-out 5,500 crowd and was an absolute thriller, with the Netherlands producing some truly magical hockey to race into a 4-1 half time lead before Germany battled back, with Alexander Otte levelling the scores with literally seconds of the match take the game to a dramatic shoot-out, wrote.

Netherlands goalkeeper Laurens Goedegebuure was the hero of the hour, producing magnificent saves from Moritz Fürste and Fabian Pehlke to give the Dutch an historic victory at Germany’s home of indoor hockey.  
Iran, who finished ninth in the previous edition in Poznan, Poland, will play host Germany on Sunday in the third-fourth match while the Netherlands face Austria in the final.

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