Australia’s Anna Flanagan shoots for goal against Germany.THE Hockeyroos soared back into medal contention with a stunning victory over world No.3 Germany at Riverbank Arena on Tuesday.
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Bouncing back from their tournament-opening loss to New Zealand, Australia delivered a suffocating defensive display, before scoring from consecutive penalty corners to march to a 3-1 win.

The victory puts the Hockeyroos  equal second with Argentina, Germany and the United States all on three competition points.

Anna Flanagan and Fiona Boyce converted second-half penalty corner chances to provide a major shot in the arm for their semi-final campaign.

‘‘It puts us back in the tournament, I really believe we’re only just starting to see the beginning of this team,’’ coach Adam Commens said.

‘‘[It] was a display of the potential they have, if we played like that and have that kind of consistency then we’ll win more games than we lose.’’

From the outset Australia pressed forward in defence, trapping Germany in their own half on more than one occasion.

After falling behind, they were rewarded when Hope Munro tapped in from close range, making it 1-1 at the break.

The goal was created by an elusive run into the circle by Emily Smith, who beat goalkeeper Yvonne Frank, before her shot was blocked off the line by a defender, only for it to be slammed home by Munro midway through the half.

The Hockeyroos were unlucky not to have a goal moments beforehand, when Jodie Schulz’s penetrating drag flick from a penalty corner was denied by Frank’s desperate lunge with her stick.

However, all of Australia’s efforts only managed to cancel out Germany’s earlier goal, scored by Katharina Otte, deflecting Marie Maevers’s blocked penalty corner shot.

Australia’s much-improved first half effort was hampered by injuries to Casey Eastham and Kate Jenner.  Both were struck on the leg from German passes, Eastham limping from the field while Jenner had to be helped off, but both returned to play on.

With the game and possibly the entire competition hanging in the balance, Australia produced their best form yet to secure the three competition points.

‘‘We created a lot of opportunities,’’ captain Madonna Blyth said. ‘‘Going 1-0 down wasn’t ideal, but I’m proud of the way they reacted.’’

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