India vs Australia
India will be hoping to beat Australia in the third place clash of the Champions Trophy 2014 and match their best finish in the tournamentIANS

India face Australia in the third-place match of the 2014 Champions Trophy after suffering a narrow 3-4 defeat to arch rivals Pakistan in the semi-finals of the competition.

India's defeat to Pakistan ended on Saturday finished on a very controversial note as the latter side's players took off their shirts and made indecent gestures to the crowd at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

However, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) did not take any disciplinary measures against the Pakistan player after their coach Shahnaz Sheikh issued a formal apology.

Hockey India (HI) President Narinder Batra expressed his disappointment after hearing the FIH's decision to not penalise the Pakistan players following their obscene behaviour, threatening to not host any future hockey tournament in India.

"I am instructing my CEO to inform FIH that in case this kind of behaviour by teams is within normal and tolerable limits of FIH, then we may not be interested to host any more tournaments in India," Batra told NDTV news.

However, now that the India-Pakistan game along with all its controversy is all done and dusted, all Indian eyes will on the third place game between India and Australia.

If India manage to beat Australia on Sunday then they will be matching their best finish in the tournament in 1982, where they also secured the bronze medal.

However, the task will certainly be difficult considering Australia have emerged victorious in the competition for the last five years (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).

Although Australia haven't been exactly at the top of their game this season, they will still prove to be very formidable opponents on Sunday.

Meanwhile, all the hockey fans will be keeping their eyes peeled for the 2014 Champions final clash between Pakistan and Australia.

Both sides have unexpectedly reached the finals of the competition despite being very poor in the group stages, where Pakistan and Germany finished in last place in Pool A and Pool B respectively.

However, both sides did brilliantly in the quarter finals, where Pakistan beat Pool B winners Netherlands 4-2, while Germany beat Pool B leaders England 2-0.

After that Pakistan and Germany registered their place in the finals of the competition following their hard-fought victories over India (3-4) and Australia (2-3) respectively.

And Germany's Timur Oruz, who is playing in a major tournament for the first time, said he is still not able to believe that he will be playing in the final of the 2014 Champions Trophy.

"It's unbelievable; I would never have dreamed I would be playing in a Champions Trophy final here," Oruz told FIH's official website.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Rashid Mehmood feels that they have done well in the 2014 Champions Trophy due to their side having a mix of young and old players.

"You can see our youngsters like Muhammad Arslan Qadir who was man of the match, scoring two goals, while just playing his fourth or fifth international, and doing really well," the 27-year-old told FIH's official website.

Twenty-four-year-old Muhammad Irfan also echoed his team-mates thoughts, saying: "I can't explain how much this means. The combinations in the first three matches of the juniors and senior players was not there but we are improving now."


Third Place: India vs Australia (5:15pm IST, 11:45am)

Final: Pakistan vs Germany (7:30pm IST, 2pm)

Where to Watch Live

The third-place clash as well as the final of the Champions Trophy 2014 hockey will be shown live in India on Ten Sports. Viewers can also watch all the games via free live streaming online on Ten Sports Live.

Viewers across the world can also ensure they do not miss out on the action with a live stream option on the official Youtube channel of FIH.

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