|August 21st, 2008|
|M34||Semifinal||8:30pm||ESP - AUS||3 - 2 (0 - 1)||Final|
Semi-final: Spain v Australia
> All four nations that made it to the semifinals of the 2004 Olympics have reached the last four in Beijing.
> Spain and Australia have met 31 times in competitive matches. The Kookaburras have triumphed 19 times, whereas the Iberians have emerged victorious five times. Seven meetings were drawn.
> This is a replay of this year's Champions Trophy final, which Australia won 4-1 in Rotterdam in June. Des Abbott, Jamie Dwyer, Eddie Ockenden and Eli Matheson netted for Australia. Xavier Ribas connected for Spain.
> Spain's last victory over Australia in a major competition was their 3-1 triumph at the 2007 Champions Trophy in Kuala Lumpur.
> These nations also met in the semifinals of the Athens 2004 Olympics, with Australia winning 6-3 en route to an eventual gold medal.
> Australia are the titleholders, winning their only Olympic championship four years ago.
> Spain's best finish in the Olympics is winning a silver medal in Moscow in 1980 and in Atlanta in 1996. The medal in Atlanta was their last in Men's Hockey to date.
> With five goals conceded in the group phase, Spain's has been the tightest defence in the competition.
> Australia were by far the most productive nation in the group phase, netting 24 times in five matches.
> Des Abbott and Jamie Dwyer lead the Kookaburra charge in Beijing have scored four times each in the tournament.
> Santi Freixa is Spain's leading marksman in Beijing with four goals from five matches.
> Spain's 12% success rate (3-for-25) in the penalty corner department ranks lowest among the 12 nations in the Men's Hockey competition in Beijing.
> Australia have converted 5 of 18 penalty corners (28%) in the group phase.