The long-awaited title is within reach, a medal is already certain: the German national hockey team made a strong comeback again at the World Cup in India and, thanks to Niklas Wellen's goal, made it spectacularly through to the final a few seconds before the end of regular time.

The team of national coach Andre Henning beat Australia 4:3 (0:2) in the semi-finals and can continue to hope for the first World Cup gold in 17 years.

The other three goals for the selection of the German Hockey Association (DHB) in Bhubaneswar scored the native Argentinian Gonzalo Peillat (42nd/51st/58th).

Jeremy Hayward (11th), Nathan Ephraums (26th) and Blake Govers (57th) were successful for the world number one Australia.

In the final on Sunday (2.30 p.m. CET/DAZN), Germany will face defending champions Belgium or European champions the Netherlands.

By reaching the final, Germany has won its first World Cup medal since 2010 (silver).

In 2002 and 2006, the DHB selection already won the title.

The German team had qualified for the semi-finals after a strong last-minute comeback against England in a shootout thriller (4:3).

In this game, his team showed "mental strength", explained Henning in the FIH interview shortly before kick-off.

Despite the nerve-wracking quarter-finals, his team has "energy".

After just one minute, Australia had their first good opportunity from a penalty corner, but keeper Alexander Stadler made a safe save.

Germany got into the game better and better, but couldn't get through against the three-time world champions.

After another penalty corner, Australia took the lead through Hayward, and a little later Stadler prevented the next goal.

The DHB team put Australia under pressure in the second quarter.

But Tom Grambusch after a penalty corner and Christopher Rühr failed to keeper Andrew Charter.

After a counterattack, Ephraums raised.

After half-time, Germany continued to look for a way forward, but initially without success.

After penalty corners, Peillat finally rewarded the offensive efforts of the DHB team and thus compensated for Australia's repeated lead by Govers.

Wellen made the last-minute victory perfect.