Australia's Matt Gohdes, right, and Argentina's Guillermo Schickendantz, left, vie for the ball during the Field Hockey World Cup semifinal match men between the Australia and Argentina in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, June 13, 2014. Australia won the match with a 5-1 score and will play The Netherlands in Sunday's final.
Australia's Matt Gohdes, right, and Argentina's Guillermo Schickendantz, left, vie for the ball during the Field Hockey World Cup semifinal match men between the Australia and Argentina in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, June 13, 2014. Australia won the match with a 5-1 score and will play The Netherlands in Sunday's final. AP Photo - Peter Dejong

Australia defeats Argentina 5-1 in Hockey World Cup

DEFENDING champions Australia cruised into the final of the men's hockey World Cup with an utterly dominant 5-1 semi-final demolition of Argentina in the Hague.

A day after their female counterparts reached the final with a thrilling shootout victory over the United States, Australia's men provided no heart attacks as they carried on their superb form to remain unbeaten this tournament.

The match was all but decided by half-time, after a near-flawless 35 minutes that delivered three goals for Australia and zero shots on goal for Argentina.

The Kookaburras were nearly as impressive after the break, adding a further two goals.

It sets up a dream showdown with hosts the Netherlands, who booked its place in Sunday's final with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over England.

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