Britain's Ashley Jackson, left, fights for the ball with Australia's Mark Knowles during a men's field hockey match. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The world’s top two teams in men’s field hockey will face off in the Olympic quarterfinals on Sunday.

No. 1 Australia will meet No. 2 Netherlands in a match that was expected by some to be the final.

"It's the mouthwatering quarterfinal that everyone wants to watch," Australia star Mark Knowles said. "We're here now, and I think we just need to sharpen up our skills a bit. We know Holland bring a different challenge to what we've faced so far, but we're also very good when we perform at our best."

Australia finished third in Pool A, while the Netherlands finished second in Pool B. Suprising Belgium won Pool A, while two-time defending champion Germany took Pool B.

The Australia-Netherlands winner will face the Belgium-India winner.

India, ranked fifth, is seeking its first medal since 1980. The nation has won eight gold medals, including all six from 1928 to 1956.

On the other side, Spain will play Argentina and Germany will match up with New Zealand.

Britain, one of the world’s most highly regarded teams entering the Games, failed to reach the quarterfinals. The squad finished fifth in 2008 and fourth in 2012.


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