Iroquois Nation defeated Puerto Rico ©FIL

Australia and the Iroquois Nation reached the semi-finals as the Men's World Lacrosse Championship continued in Israel.

The Australians advanced by ending the hopes of the host nation at the Netanya Stadium.

They had to come from behind before winning 9-6 as the home side led 2-1 at the end of the first quarter and 4-3 at the end of the second.

It was the third quarter when the damage was done, as Australia scored five goals to Israel's one to pull clear.

Iroquois, the bronze medallists at the last tournament in Denver in 2014, knocked out Puerto Rico to keep their hopes alive.

They won 14-7 but also had to battle back from a deficit after Puerto Rico went 3-0 in front.

Australia will now play 2014 runners-up United States in the semi-finals while Iroquois, who nearly missed the tournament due to passport procedural issues, will meet defending champions Canada.

Both the Americans and the Canadians advanced straight through to the last four by finishing in the top two of the top tier blue division.

The semi-finals are tomorrow.