Despite a 3-2 loss to Japan in the final qualifying game, the Australian men's hockey team have qualified for the final of the Azlan Shah Cup.
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5 May 2017 - 10:38 PM  UPDATED 6 May 2017 - 1:44 PM

The Australian men's hockey team have qualified for the final of the Azlan Shah Cup in Ipoh, Malaysia despite a 3-2 loss to Japan.

Japan came back from a 2-0 defecit to snatch the victory but the Kookaburras' standings means they will still play either India or Great Britain.

The first goal came in the seventh minute of play with Aaron Kleinschmidt scoring a penalty corner after an infringement from Japan's Kaito Tanaka.

One minute into the second half Trent Mitton doubled Australia's score with a field goal after he somehow managed to get past three of Japan's defenders, to push the advantage to 2-0.

Australian goalkeeper Tyler Lovell saved a pentalty corner but the Japanese were rewarded seconds later when a set piece play was finished with a powerful flick from Shota Yamada.

Japan scored the equaliser in the 56th minute of play with Koji Yamasaki nailing a field goal following a pass from Seren Tanaka.

Just one minute later Japan took the lead for the first time in the match, a second field goal from Yamasaki giving them the edge with just three minutes of play remaining.

The Kookaburras remain at the top of the standings and will next play the final of the Azlan Shah Cup on Saturday.