The Netherlands won a ninth Women's Hockey World Cup trophy in Spain ©Getty Images

Olympic champions The Netherlands won their ninth Women's Hockey World Cup with a confident victory against Argentina.

In a rematch of the Tokyo 2020 final, the Oranje were propelled to a 3-1 win at the Estadi Olímpic de Terrassa in Spain by goals from Maria Verschoor, Frédérique Matla, and Albers Felice.

The first quarter was a scrappy one as neither side could get into gear, and both received warning from the referee.

However, the Dutch converted a well worked penalty corner inside the first minute of the second corner as Verschoor poked in the rebound.

Just seven minutes later, Matla smashed in the second as she latched on to a defence-splitting through ball from Laurien Leurink.

Las Leonas body language dropped drastically following the goal before conceding a third as Albers finished off a deadly counterattack.

Fernando Ferrara's side looked more like themselves in the second half and pulled one back at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Margot van Geffen was sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes and Agustina Gorzelany rifled the subsequent penalty corner.

It was too little too late for the Argentines as they finished as runners-up for the fourth time.

Australia clinched the bronze medal in Spain with a 2-1 comeback victory against Germany.

The 27-year-old Queenslander Steph Kershaw scored a late double, with the goals coming in the 48th and 55th minutes, to cancel out Lena Micheel's first quarter opener.

Germany were searching for a first medal since they won bronze at Utrecht 1998 while Australia finished third for the second time after Kuala Lumpur 1983.

The victors were indebted to their goalkeeper Jocelyn Bartram as she kept the Hockeyroos in the match with a series of crucial stops.

"A couple of those saves I honestly double checked at the board as they were amazing," said Australian midfielder Amy Lawton.

"We look at the Hockeyroos history a lot and Trinny is a massive part of that as part of the 'golden girls' generation," Lawton said of coach Katrina Powell.

"This win is massive and a big step in the right direction in the next few years."